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Beth Chapman's Throat Cancer Has Returned. How Common Is The Disease And What Are Its Signs?

Date December 27, 2018 14:47

Last year, fans of Duane and Beth Chapman were saddened by the news about Beth’s health.

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What happened to Beth?

Beth was diagnosed with throat cancer in early 2017. She underwent surgery to take out a stage 2 tumor from her throat. She and Duane shared her cancer journey with fans in the A&E special Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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On November 26 this year, Beth had another major health scare. She was taken to hospital in LA and underwent emergency surgery to remove a blockage that was obstructing her throat.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Another bend in the Road yet not the End of the Road . #faith #love #stayhumblepray

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She has since left the hospital against her doctor’s advice and went home to Colorado, her husband told People following the surgery. Later, test results came back and it was confirmed that Beth’s cancer had spread. At this point, her future remains uncertain.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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How common is throat cancer?

Throat cancer is not very common. According to estimates provided by the American Cancer Society, 13,150 new cases of laryngeal cancer (a type of throat cancer) were expected to be diagnosed in 2018. About 3,710 people were expected to die from the disease in 2018.

According to the National Cancer Institute’s projection for 2018, it was estimated that 51,540 people would be diagnosed with cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx and 10,030 people would die from the disease (pharynx is part of the throat, so a number of these cases count as throat cancer).

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Signs and symptoms of throat cancer

Throat cancer doesn’t always produce symptoms in early stages. When signs and symptoms do appear, they may include the following:

  • voice changes, such as hoarseness;
  • difficulty swallowing;
  • persistent sore throat;
  • persistent need to clear your throat;
  • persistent cough, sometimes with blood;
  • wheezing;
  • swollen lymph nodes in the neck;
  • ear pain;
  • weight loss.

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If you have some or all of these symptoms, see your doctor. They may be caused by other conditions, not only by cancer, but it’s best to get the right diagnosis and treatment as soon as you can.

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