How can you tell between the two?
Hello and thanks for posting.
It is fair to say that symptoms can be similar for both Gerd and throat cancer. The only way to really know is by a doctor arranging some tests. The most common test is normally an endoscopy (passing a camera down the throat to have a look). Sometimes biopsies (tissue sample looking at the cells under a microscope) are taken. Sometimes more information is needed to help the doctors know what is going on so a scan also may be organised.
Unfortunately tests and the results can take time to come back and this can be an unsettling and worrying time. Some people report keeping themselves busy and their mind on other things can be helpful at times like these.
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