Re: Throat Cancer
Hoarseness is the number one symptom with vocal cord cancer. If you haven't been hoarse, then I really wouldn't worry about that. I've had bumps on the back of the throat related to tonsil problems with no cancer. Acid reflux can damage the lining of the throat and give you that choking feeling. Thyroid problems can also do the same. Enlarged lymph nodes in the throat can mean throat cancer of some sort, but it can also mean a tonsil problem, etc.
I'm sure you'll be just fine. Glad you made your appointment to put your mind at ease.
The ENT will spray a deadening agent into your nostrils then insert a very small tube with a light through your nose and down into your throat. Husband's ENT has a tv screen that the doc views during the procedure. Another way is for the doc to view through an eyepiece attached to the tube. Although it might feel awkward, it won't hurt. The scope is done in the office.
Your doc might feel a scope is not necessary, especially with your age and your history of mono, enlarged tonsils and acid reflux. In that case, if you still want one, just let your doc know.
I can honestly say I've never heard of anyone with throat cancer at such a young age as you. Again, I'm glad you made an appointment because the stress of thinking you might have cancer is horrible.
Try not to worry and let us know what you find out.