January 22, 2014

Lisa Marie Presley Throat Cancer Scare

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The National Enquirer reported 1/20/14 that Lisa Marie Presley suffered a throat cancer scare when she was told by a medical expert that "the 45-year-old singer’s throat is so severely ravaged that ... the damage could lead to deadly esophageal cancer!" [link]

The National Enquirer, which is not know for stellar journalism, goes on to report that she has been pushing her voice hard in order to succeed as a singer like her more famous father Elvis.

In spite of what the story implies, although singing can lead to vocal cord damage (i.e., nodules)... singing in and of itself does not cause or lead to increased risk of cancer.

However, uncontrolled reflux which can cause throat and vocal cord damage CAN lead to throat cancer. In one report, reflux can increase the risk of throat cancer by 78% (this risk is separate from esophageal cancer).

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

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