For most people, a sore throat means having a cold, a virus, or other infection that can eaily be treated with rest and a course of antibiotics. For others, it can mean something more serious, like throat cancer. But, how can you tell the difference between a cold related sore throat and one that make signal something more serious?
Only a doctor can make a diagnosis, but the persistence of symptoms, like having sore throat, should prompt you to seek medical attention. If you have had a sore throat or voice has been hoarse for two weeks or longer, you should see your doctor. More than likely it is related to cold/virus/infection, but to be on the safe side, it's important to have your doctor examine you to ensure that it's not something else. More Throat Cancer Symptoms
It's also important to note that persistent doesn't always mean constant. Throat cancer symptoms like a sore throat can come and go