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Throat Cancer Symptoms You Need To Know

What are the signs and symptoms of throat cancer you should know about?

“Mob Wives” star Angela Raiola, aka “Big Ang,” has died of complications from throat cancer, a family friend announced early Thursday morning.

“It is with sad regret that we inform you that at 3:01 a.m. Angelia Raiola peacefully ended her battle with cancer, and was called home,” Vinnie Medugno said in a statement on Raiola’s Twitter page. “She was surrounded by nothing but love from her immediate family, and the closest friends. YOU, (her fans) were some of the most special people in the world, and she loved you immensely. Thank you for your love, prayers, and unconditional support of Angela right to the very end.”

Doctors first discovered a lemon-sized tumor in Raiola’s throat last March. She underwent two surgeries, but the cancer eventually spread to her lungs and brain. Earlier this month, Raiola’s sister announced that the reality star was hospitalized for stage IV lung and brain cancer.

Raiola openly admitted that her smoking habit contributed to her cancer. “Things happen for a reason,” she told People in September. “I’d smoked for 40 years. No one could tell me what to do.”

Head and neck cancers account for about 3 percent of all cancers in the U.S.

While men are typically affected more, throat cancer does occur in women—and it can be deadly, according to the National Cancer Institute.

 Eric Lamarre, M.D., an otolaryngologist at the Cleveland Clinic, says the disease is largely caused by smoking. While social smokers are also at risk, he says the more you smoke, the greater your risk. Drinking and smoking together is also a risk factor itself. Smoking isn’t the only cause, though: Human papillomavirus (HPV), genetic factors, and gastric reflux have also been linked to the disease.

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