Risk Factors for Throat Cancer

Home Care Anthem, NV: Throat Cancer

One of the challenges of caring for an aging parent is knowing when a symptom such as a simple cough is only a minor irritation or if it’s indicative of something more serious, such as cancer. One tool you can use to help you make those first decisions of whether you need to bring your parent to the physician to get examined is to know the risk factors of certain diseases. With that knowledge, you can assess if your parent has some of the risk factors, thus making a more serious diagnosis more possible to occur. 

Throat cancers grow in the organs that help a person speak, swallow, and breathe. About half start in the pharynx, the tube that starts behind the nose and ends in the throat. The other half begin in the larynx, also known as the voice box.  

Here are the risk factors for throat cancer. If your parent has any of these risk factors and if you or your home care provider have noticed some symptoms like a persistent cough or sore throat, you will want to consider making an appointment for a check-up of your parent’s health. 

There are usually two types of risks that make a person have a greater chance of developing a disease – those that he can prevent and those that he can’t. Let’s start by looking at the risks that cannot be prevented. 

  • Gender. Men are five times more likely to develop throat cancer. 
  • Age. Throat cancer occurs most often after the age of 65.
  • Race. African American men have the highest risk. 
  • Chemical Exposure. If your parent was exposed to asbestos, nickel, or sulfuric fumes, his risk will be higher. 

While there is not much you can do to reduce the above risks, it’s good to be aware of them so that if your parent falls into any of those groups, you can better assess his health. 

Here is a list of risk factors that may contribute to the higher likelihood of throat cancer that your parent can look at reducing or eliminating. You might want to help your parent work on reducing these factors by offering support professionally or even through a good family and home care provider support network. 

  • Tobacco Use. The longer your parent has used tobacco, the more his risk increases of developing throat cancer. While quitting is hard, it’s the best way to start to reduce the risk of throat cancer developing. 
  • Heavy Alcohol Use. If your parent is a regular heavy drinker, his risk increases for throat cancer. For a man, this means drinking more than two drinks a day, for a woman, it’s more than one a day. 
  • Tobacco & Alcohol Use. If your parent uses tobacco and drinks alcohol heavily, his risk goes up a lot. 
  • HPV. If your parent has Human papillomavirus, it is linked to cancers in the back of the throat. 
  • Not eating enough fruits and vegetables. This may be the easiest risk factor to reduce. Have your parent’s home care provider create meals that are heavy in vegetables and then offer fruit for snacks. 

Throat cancer tends to grow quickly so knowing the risk factors and getting your parent in for a visit right away if symptoms erupt is important for his long-term health. 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care in Anthem, NV please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/throat-cancer-symptoms-treatments

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Risk Factors for Throat Cancer

Home Care Anthem, NV: Throat Cancer

One of the challenges of caring for an aging parent is knowing when a symptom such as a simple cough is only a minor irritation or if it’s indicative of something more serious, such as cancer. One tool you can use to help you make those first decisions of whether you need to bring your parent to the physician to get examined is to know the risk factors of certain diseases. With that knowledge, you can assess if your parent has some of the risk factors, thus making a more serious diagnosis more possible to occur. 

Throat cancers grow in the organs that help a person speak, swallow, and breathe. About half start in the pharynx, the tube that starts behind the nose and ends in the throat. The other half begin in the larynx, also known as the voice box.  

Here are the risk factors for throat cancer. If your parent has any of these risk factors and if you or your home care provider have noticed some symptoms like a persistent cough or sore throat, you will want to consider making an appointment for a check-up of your parent’s health. 

There are usually two types of risks that make a person have a greater chance of developing a disease – those that he can prevent and those that he can’t. Let’s start by looking at the risks that cannot be prevented. 

  • Gender. Men are five times more likely to develop throat cancer. 
  • Age. Throat cancer occurs most often after the age of 65.
  • Race. African American men have the highest risk. 
  • Chemical Exposure. If your parent was exposed to asbestos, nickel, or sulfuric fumes, his risk will be higher. 

While there is not much you can do to reduce the above risks, it’s good to be aware of them so that if your parent falls into any of those groups, you can better assess his health. 

Here is a list of risk factors that may contribute to the higher likelihood of throat cancer that your parent can look at reducing or eliminating. You might want to help your parent work on reducing these factors by offering support professionally or even through a good family and home care provider support network. 

  • Tobacco Use. The longer your parent has used tobacco, the more his risk increases of developing throat cancer. While quitting is hard, it’s the best way to start to reduce the risk of throat cancer developing. 
  • Heavy Alcohol Use. If your parent is a regular heavy drinker, his risk increases for throat cancer. For a man, this means drinking more than two drinks a day, for a woman, it’s more than one a day. 
  • Tobacco & Alcohol Use. If your parent uses tobacco and drinks alcohol heavily, his risk goes up a lot. 
  • HPV. If your parent has Human papillomavirus, it is linked to cancers in the back of the throat. 
  • Not eating enough fruits and vegetables. This may be the easiest risk factor to reduce. Have your parent’s home care provider create meals that are heavy in vegetables and then offer fruit for snacks. 

Throat cancer tends to grow quickly so knowing the risk factors and getting your parent in for a visit right away if symptoms erupt is important for his long-term health. 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care in Anthem, NV please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/throat-cancer-symptoms-treatments



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