According to recent research, Persistent sore throat can be symptomatic of cancer. The report states that if a nagging sore throat is accompanied by an earache, trouble in swallowing and shortness of breath then it can be considered as a sign of cancer. The research, that was led by the University of Exeter was published in the British Journal of General Practice.
The lead author opined that it was one of the firsts to really look at all the symptoms that can be important for laryngeal cancer. The significance of the study really is that we’ve found that hoarseness is important for laryngeal cancer, but significantly the risk of having laryngeal cancer greatly increases when it’s combined with a recurrent sore throat.
One of the authors of the study and the clinical lead for the current guidelines from The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) emphasized on the importance of the research as it “has shown the potential severity of some symptom combinations previously thought to be low risk.