How quickly does throat cancer develop for smokers?
Unlikely to be cancer. VL'scopy.
Thank you for your query.
1. Throat cancer is not common. The risk increases after 50 pack years of smoking (one pack of twenty cigarettes per day for 50 years). Hence in your case, the risk is low. If you stop smoking, the risk will come down to that of a non-smoker within 5 years.
2. The lump in throat and the raw feeling can arise from many causes, the most common being inflammation of the normal lymphoid tissue in the throat, acid reflux, allergy and a post nasal drip.
3. Get a Videolaryngoscopy (VL'Scopy) done. If this is normal, regular checkups every six months should rule out any throat cancer. Stroboscopy and NBI (Narrow Band Imaging), if available, are also recommended.
4. The ear pain requires an ear examination. If the ears are normal (appearance of the ear drum, hearing tests), then the ear pain is a 'referred sensation' due to a common nerve supply.
5. The tingly sensation on your tongue may be due to chronic reflux. One of the nerves subserving sensation on the anterior tongue passes through the middle ear.
6. Mild MS may also cause all these sensations.
I hope that I have answered your query. If you have any more questions I will be available to answer them.
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