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Smoking and Throat Cancer

Posted on 13th April, 2021

by Legal Staff

Throat cancer refers to malignant tumors that develop on your larynx or pharynx.

The risk of developing laryngeal cancer is 40 times higher in people who smoke over 25 cigarettes a day, as well as in those who have been smoking for more than 40 years.

Up to 80% of cases of pharyngeal cancer are the result of smoking in men and approximately 65% of cases of pharyngeal cancer are the consequence of smoking in women.

Consequently, tobacco smoking is a major risk factor for throat cancer. Tobacco smoke contains thousands of dangerous chemicals, many of which are very irritating to the airways. Over the years, the risk of developing throat cancer increases if you do not quit smoking.

Cancer, regardless of the cause or the location in the body, always begins when there is a mutation in the DNA of healthy cells. A change in DNA can significantly alter the instructions that control cell growth, which ultimately results in the continuous growth of cells.

Heavy Smokers Who Are Also Heavy Drinkers Have A Higher Chance of Developing Throat Cancer

This causes the cells to reproduce uncontrollably, producing a growth of tissue medically known as a tumor. While some tumors are benign, others are malignant, therefore cancerous. It is worthy of note that alcohol is another important risk factor for throat cancer.

The presence of this risk factor makes a person 3 times more likely to come to struggle with laryngeal cancer than people who drink in moderation. Therefore, if you drink excessively and are a heavy smoker, your chances of developing the following diseases increase dramatically:

Approximately 85% of head and neck cancers are correlated with tobacco smoking. However, the risk of developing throat cancer increases with the number of cigarettes you smoke a day, the number of years you have been smoking, and the potency of tobacco.

Some of the early symptoms of throat cancer you should look out for if you are or were a smoker are the following:

  • a hoarse voice
  • difficulty swallowing
  • a lump or swelling in your neck
  • a persistent cough
  • sore throat or earache
  • difficulty breathing
  • coughing up blood
  • noisy breathing
  • persistent headaches
  • nasal congestion
  • facial pain
  • ringing in the ears

If you are or were a smoker and experience some of the above symptoms, please seek medical attention as soon as possible, as you may have developed throat cancer. The sooner you receive your diagnosis, the more favorable your prognosis will be.

Furthermore, if you have a throat cancer diagnosis, you can seek compensation from the liable tobacco manufacturers. The team of experts at Atraxia Law will help you determine whether you are eligible for filing a claim with the companies whose cigarettes you have been smoking.

File a Tobacco Claim with the Help of Our Expert Team

Our company specializes in evaluating personal injury and product liability claims.

If you have a diagnosis of throat cancer and began smoking before 1964 as a minor, you are eligible for compensation from the responsible tobacco manufacturers.

The process of assessing your situation is complex, but it will require minimal involvement on your part.

A family member can help you navigate it, as we are aware that most of our clients are in great physical and emotional pain.

Our team of professionals will thoroughly evaluate your circumstances with a strong emphasis on important factors such as:

  • how long you have been smoking
  • what tobacco products you used
  • and how much distress your throat cancer diagnosis is causing you in your everyday life.

Eventually, you will know with certainty whether you qualify for filing a claim with the liable tobacco manufacturers. However, you should keep in mind that the statute of limitations for filing a tobacco claim is 2 years in most states, which should prompt you to reach out to us as soon as you receive your diagnosis. For more information, please feel free to contact us and we will gladly answer your questions.