Approximately 50,000 Americans develop throat cancer each year. When the condition is detected early, it is curable, with five-year survival of 80-95%. Because this percentage drops by almost half when detection is delayed, it is particularly important to identify symptoms and catch this type of cancer as early as possible.
A sore throat that persists despite treatment methods could be indicative of a viral illness or allergy, but in rare cases, it could be an early symptom of throat cancer. When the symptom lasts longer than a few days or gets progressively worse, it is best to see a doctor to identify or rule out a serious condition
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