Throat cancer can cause a variety of symptoms, based on the exact location of the cancer. Signs and symptoms of this condition may be nonspecific, and may overlap with symptoms from various other, less serious conditions. Tobacco use is a major risk factor for throat cancer, though alcohol and other factors may play a role as well. Infection with human papillomavirus, or HPV, is linked to an increased risk for cancer of the larynx, often called the voice box.
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