Hello. I'm 27 years old. I smoked on and off most of my teenage years and quit when I was 19. For the past year, I've noticed my voice is getting more hoarse when I talk a lot and I constantly have to clear my throat, for feeling that it has a lot of mucus in it that I can't seem to clear out or swallow.
I've seen an ENT about it, three or four months ago, and he looked down through my nose at my throat with that special scope they use. He didn't seem concerned and told me he didn't think it was cancer, but acid reflux.
However, the medicine he prescribed to me doesn't really work. I still clear my throat, get hoarse, and feel like I have mucus in my throat.
I have anxiety really bad and don't really want to go back to the doctor because it takes everything out of me. But I'm also really scared of cancer. My step-mother died from cancer.
What else could it be? Should I worry?