Are polyps in the throat always cancerous?

A fellow caregiver asked...

What is the danger of polyps in throat? Are they always cancerous?

Expert Answer

Linda Ackerman, R.N. has clinical experience in oncology, women's health, and medical nursing. She has been practicing for more than 20 years and is a licensed registered nurse in both Florida and Wisconsin. In addition, she serves as a board member of Breast Cancer Recovery and the Wisconsin Cancer Council.

A polyp on your vocal cords may cause a breathy voice and or hoarseness.

Throat polyps are generally soft non-malignant growths, however the only way to establish if a polyp is non-cancerous is by undergoing a biopsy.