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06-11-2014 10:51 AM
I have had a sore throat for about two months now, I did have a cold and just figured it was that. Cold is long gone but still have a sore throat on one side and swollen glands. Finally took a look at my throat with a flashlight and I can see a red sore. I am a smoker and now worried about oral or throat cancer. I really want to see a professional about this now. Do I begin with my PCP or my dentist. Our insurance is lousy and don't want to waste money on seeing the wrong kind of doctor. Who would you see first.
06-11-2014 10:59 AM
You may need a referral to see a specialist-plus it may take a while to get an appt. with one. Go to see your PCP at once. Often times, they can get you in faster, if you need a specialist.
06-11-2014 11:12 AM
YES< YES< YES---please go to an ENT as fast as you can!!!!!! I have a good friend who had a raw open sore in his mouth near a former tonsil and it ended up being squamous cell carcinoma and he is now on his 2nd day of radiation and will start chemo this week too. He had surgery to remove the tumor as well. Please don't wait. My friend got right on this and I'm glad to say that his outcome and survival is excellent. I'm sorry if this sounds scary but I am a 2 year survivor of breast cancer and went thro all the above in 2012.
06-11-2014 11:19 AM
Remember, it's allergy season! Even if you don't normally suffer from allergies, you can be affected.
Every smoker thinks "cancer" this time of year. I felt like I was swallowing glass until it rained.
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