If you’re a former Zantac user, the recent news that the FDA has recalled the hugely popular heartburn medication may have you concerned about possible cancer risks. Researchers have found that Zantac and other formers of ranitidine may contain cancer-causing chemicals, with possible links to throat cancer and other cancers. Some ex-Zantac users have taken legal action by filing lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturers. If you’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer after taking Zantac, you could also have a case for a Zantac throat cancer lawsuit.
Types of Throat Cancer
Throat cancer is a blanket term that refers to several different types of cancer affecting the throat (pharyngeal cancer) or the voice box (laryngeal cancer). Types of throat cancer include:
- Glottic cancer – Starts in the vocal chords.
- Hypopharyngeal cancer – Begins in the lower throat, right above the esophagus and windpipe.
- Nasopharyngeal cancer – Starts in the part of the throat behind the nose.
- Oropharyngeal cancer – Originates in the part of the throat behind the mouth, which includes the tonsils.
- Subglottic cancer – This cancer begins in the lower part of the voice box, below the vocal chords.
- Supraglottic cancer – This originates in the upper portion of the larynx.
Throat Cancer: What Are the Symptoms?
There are a few common signs and symptoms of throat cancer, but these symptoms often indicate a different health condition. If you’ve noticed any persistent signs and symptoms, you should schedule a doctor’s appointment.
Some signs and symptoms of throat cancer include:
- A persistent cough
- Voice changes, such as trouble speaking clearly or hoarseness
- Trouble swallowing
- Sore throat
- Weight loss
- Lumps or sores that don’t heal
- Pain in your ear
Risk Factors for Throat Cancer
There are also a few risk factors that could increase your risk of developing throat cancer, such as:
- All forms of tobacco use, including smoking and chewing
- Excessive drinking
- Diets without enough fruits or vegetables
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- An STD known ad human papillomavirus (HPV)
Zantac use could also possibly be a risk factor for developing throat cancer, according to some researchers.