Can throat cancer be detected in a blood test?

How do you detect throat cancer?

Tests to diagnose pharyngeal or laryngeal cancer may include:

  1. Physical examination. Your doctor will examine your mouth, throat and neck and may insert a gloved finger into your mouth to examine areas that are difficult to see.
  2. Blood tests. …
  3. Biopsy. …
  4. Endoscopy of the larynx. …
  5. Ultrasound. …
  6. X-rays. …
  7. CT scan. …
  8. MRI.

Is throat cancer visible?

Signs and Symptoms

The clinical appearance of throat cancer ranges from symptomatic white patches to large wounds. Cancer of the throat may be preceded by visible precursor lesions that are not yet malignant. These appear as heaped up cells or reddish sores.

Can a ultrasound detect throat cancer?

An ultrasound uses sound waves to create a picture of the internal organs. This test can detect the spread of cancer to the liver or the cervical lymph nodes in the neck.

Can you have a sore throat for months?

A sore throat is considered chronic when it lasts for more than three months. Typical factors that can cause a long-lasting sore throat include allergies, acid reflux, environmental irritants, dry air and strained vocal cords. Occasionally a more serious condition, such as a tumor or HIV, can cause a sore throat.

What age does throat cancer occur?

Most people diagnosed with laryngeal cancer are 55 or older; a very small number of people diagnosed are younger than 55. The average age of people diagnosed with laryngeal cancer is about 66.

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