Consumer Health: Preventing throat cancer

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February is National Cancer Prevention Month, which makes this a good time to learn about what you can do to reduce your risk of developing cancer.

Throat cancer is a general term that applies to cancer that develops in the throat or in the voice box. Most throat cancer symptoms aren’t specific to cancer. Symptoms of throat cancer may include cough, sore throat, ear pain and weight loss.

While it’s not always clear what causes throat cancer, health care providers have identified factors that may increase your risk. And while there’s no proven way to prevent throat cancer, your lifestyle choices affect your risk of developing throat cancer. A few simple lifestyle changes can reduce your risk

Learn more about throat cancer, the four main lifestyle risk factors and what you can do to keep yourself healthy.

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