Throat cancer is a general term that applies to cancer that develops in the throat or in the voice box. Throat cancer occurs when cells in your throat develop genetic mutations. These mutations cause cells to grow uncontrollably and continue living after healthy cells would normally die. The accumulating cells can form a tumor in your throat.
Symptoms of throat cancer include a cough, changes in your voice, difficulty swallowing, ear pain, a lump or sore that doesn’t heal, ear pain, a sore throat, and weight loss.
Throat Cancer, Mayo Clinic (Mar. 13, 2018), https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/throat-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20366462