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Lung cancer symptoms: A hoarse voice ‘not a commonly known sign’ of the disease


A hoarse voice or a changing of the voice is not a common known symptom of lung cancer, with only 1 percent of people in the UK identifying it in a symptom awareness survey conducted by the Global Lung Cancer Coalition.

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation explains: “A tickle. A croak. A frog in your throat. There are so many ways to describe a hoarse voice.

“We all experience hoarseness at some point in our lives, perhaps after shouting at a football match or speaking for a prolonged period of time. However, if you are experiencing unexplained hoarseness or a weakening of your voice – it could be a sign of lung cancer.”

It continues: “Hoarseness can be caused by a lung cancer tumour pressing on the laryngeal nerve – which is in the chest – causing a paralysis or weakening of the nerve, and sometimes resulting in paralysis of a vocal cord.

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