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Hello. I smoke, unfortunately. It's a habit I hope I don't keep around much longer. But I've got some questions...

I quit smoking about a year and a half ago, and I didn't smoke for long befor I quit. It may have been a couple of months. Recently, I picked it up again. I usually wont smoke unless I feel like it's a complete urge of stress, the maximum I will have in one day is 3. 4 on a horrible day. Sometimes I will go a day or so without any. It's only been about 3 weeks since I started up again, and my throat is a little bit scratchy. I also have a cough, but it's one that hasn't completely gone away since I was sick about a month ago. Since I'm a singer and a musician, I'm extremely paranoid. I know being as paranoid as I am I shouldn't be smoking at all, especially since I'm a singer. But sometimes I just don't know how to deal with stress, and when I get an urge for a cigarette I go for it. Like I said, I'm nowhere near a chain smoker. I'll smoke one or two a day usually, and can stretch a pack out for 2-3 weeks.

I just wanted to see if anyone thinks my scratchy throat could be cancer related? I was thinking if anything I may be coming down with some Bronchitis, because usually a little bit of phlegm will come. Is it possible for me to have any type of cancer related things in a 3 week time period of smoking? The last thing I want is my voice box taken out..
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replied November 20th, 2008
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You should quit smoking. It won't be that hard considering you've been smoking 3 weeks and smoke 3-4 cigs a day.

Smoke is an irritant on your throat - so it might cause you to feel scratchy and cough some. No one could say whether you have cancer or not without seeing you. Your symptoms could be from smoking or even a common cold - cancer would be the last conclusion to jump to.

That said, you know smoking is bad for you - so quit. Wink
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replied March 22nd, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
No, its not possible. Throat cancer is usually due to EBV virus in genetically susceptible individuals.
Your symptoms are consistent with upper respiratory tract infection.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
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