A cold with a sore throat can strike at any time of year. But the fall and winter months are prime time for having a case of the sniffles.
And that, of course, means suffering through those annoying symptoms such as that dime-a-dozen sore throat.
In fact, this time of year getting one is so common you probably don’t give it a second thought when one pops up.
And you certainly wouldn’t think about going to see a doctor about it.
But it turns out it’s best to think twice before dismissing it.
Because if you have an ache when you swallow that lasts longer than a week, it might not be a run of the mill cold symptom after all.
It, in fact, could be a deadly warning sign…
Sore throat and cancer connection revealed
It may seem like nothing more than a simple annoyance. But experts say a persistent sore throat is one of the MOST overlooked signs of throat cancer.
Head and neck cancers add up to only four percent of all cancers overall. But that still means over 63,000 Americans will receive a diagnosis this year alone. And around 13,000 folks will die from it.
Other overlooked signs include
- a hoarse voice
- ear pain
All of which could easily be written off as symptoms of a bad head cold too.
And if like me you’re not a spring chicken anymore, experts say you need to be even more vigilant. Because once you’re over 50, your risk skyrockets.
Throat cancer now more common in non-smokers
Now you’re probably thinking, “I was never a heavy smoker, so I should be fine.”
It’s true, throat cancer USED to be considered a smoker’s disease. But new statistics paint a different picture. More and more folks who’ve never lit up are developing the disease.
What’s causing it? One of the biggest triggers in non-smokers is the HPV virus.
But before a doctor talks you into the HPV vaccine, keep reading…
The REAL truth about the HPV vaccine
Your doctor may try to sell you on the HPV vaccine, despite your age.
He’ll likely say it’s a perfectly safe and effective way to reduce your risk for throat cancer. He may even insist it’s the only way besides avoiding smoking.
But he’d be wrong. And it’s not entirely his fault. He’s been lied to.
The truth is most of what we know about HPV vaccines comes from studies funded by the creators of those vaccines, like Merck.
In other words, in many cases, the folks who are selling us these drugs are the same ones “proving” their safety. A true fox in the henhouse scenario.
But a little digging begins to reveal a different picture. For example, there are well over 55,000 HPV vaccine-related reports on file with the feds in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.
These reports reveal potential side-effect fallout from minor issues to far more severe ones including permanent nerve damage, blindness, seizures, and memory loss. And, in some cases, even death.
And the truth is in the end HPV vaccines only provide limited protection. They prevent just a few strains of the virus. Which means they could leave many folks with a false sense of security when that sore throat pops up.
Whether or not you submit to an HPV jab is a personal decision you need to make with the help of your doctor. Just be sure you have ALL the facts when you make it.
Build a drug-free barrier against throat cancer
But there’s a mind-blowingly simple way you can send your risk plummeting without ever coming close to a needle. And you’ll need just three things…
- a toothbrush
- some baking soda
- a bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide
It turns out the dirtier your mouth is, the higher your risk of oral HPV infection. In fact, spotty oral hygiene could send your chance of getting this dangerous virus skyrocketing by 56 percent.
So it’s time to get to work on those pearly whites. Just mix together some baking soda and hydrogen peroxide into a paste. Drop it onto your toothbrush, and gently scrub.
Add in a round of flossing, and you’ll have a brightest, cleanest smile in town. But even more importantly, you’ll have just slashed your chances of developing an HPV infection and throat cancer.
And remember; NEVER ignore a persistent sore throat. It could be a red flag for something far more serious than a cold.