how to prevent throat cancer
The most important thing to know about preventing throat cancer is this: You can't prevent throat cancer.
What you can do is reduce your chances of getting it by taking a few simple, if horrifying steps. First of all, don't smoke. There are thousands of reasons to avoid smoking, most of which contain the word 'cancer' or refer to some other loathsome disease. If you had to wait to think about preventing throat cancer before you thought about quitting smoking, you just haven't been paying very close attention.
Tobacco smoking is so vile that it really doesn't take the threat of throat cancer to make it an eminently quittable practice. If you smoke, you smell. No, that's too polite-you stink. People edge away from you, they suggest meeting by telephone instead of for lunch. They prefer to see you outdoors-in winter. You find that you get some interesting propositions for phone sex (from people who have been your lover for years). When you meet a friend on the street, they always move to your upwind side. Your dry cleaner handles your clothes with tongs.
There are jobs you can't get, relationships you can't have and airplane flights that are torture to you. What do you get in return? Well, you get an addiction that makes you wheeze, stink, and run out of breath at the top of a short flight of stairs. You get an addiction that just about guarantees an early death from a disgusting and painful disease (the folks with the heart attacks are the lucky ones).
The easiest way to quit smoking is to get cancer. No doubt about it, the simple words "You've got cancer" are the greatest magic spell to dissolve the long, romantic, very-personal bond you have with smoking. All of a sudden your brand, your rituals, your paraphernalia, even your grandfather's Zippo lighter with the word 'Florsheim' engraved on the brushed steel case will lose their appeal in a second. Nobody walks out on the Bad Diagnosis and lights up one last one for old time's sake.
Perhaps you'd prefer a less radical approach. What worked for me was having a baby. That, and smokenders and valium and exercising two hours a day and eating entire chickens in one sitting and washing them down with full bottles of Zinfandel. I also had to be willing to sacrifice several friendships with people who could no longer stand to be around the hyper-irritable tinderbox that I became. It only took about nine months and if you've got the time and the womb, it's not a bad way to go. The best thing about this approach is that at the end, you're smoke-free and you get to keep the kid.
There are even easier ways, but I don't know much about them. What matters is this: if you want to prevent throat cancer, you don't have a prayer until you stop smoking.