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Laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers are usually found because of signs or symptoms a person is having. Many of these symptoms are more likely to be caused by something other than laryngeal or hypopharyngeal cancer. Still, if you have any of these symptoms, it is very important to have them checked by a doctor. Tests will be needed to see if cancer is causing the symptoms.

Common symptoms include:

  • Hoarseness or voice changes – especially when the problem lasts 2 weeks or more
  • Sore throat that doesn’t go away
  • Constant coughing
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Ear pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Weight loss
  • Lump or mass in the neck


Last Medical Review: 04/08/2014
Last Revised: 02/17/2016