A persistent sore throat combined with shortness of breath, problems swallowing or earache is a greater warning sign of laryngeal cancer than hoarseness alone, new research concludes.
Led by the University of Exeter, a study of more than 800 patients diagnosed with cancer of the larynx has found more than a five per cent risk of cancer from a persistent sore throat combined with one of these other symptoms. This compares with 2.7% risk for hoarseness alone.
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The research, funded by NIHR and published today in BJGP aims to facilitate earlier detection of cancer, which is key in getting the best survival rates and health outcomes for patients. Currently, NICE guidelines recommend investigation for persistent hoarseness or an unexplained neck lump. The new research gives greater insight into the combinations of symptoms GPs should be alert to when deciding who should be investigated for cancer.
Professor Willie Hamilton, of the University of Exeter Medical School, is one of the authors. He said: "This research matters -- when NICE guidance for cancer investigation was published there was no evidence from GP practices to...
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