NEWBIE HERE!! Hey everybody, a great friend of mine Peter Doakly and a fantastic sax player died about three years ago of throat cancer. He played the sax for about 40 years and as long as I knew him, he would roar a lot. I am not talking about humming in key to produce a slightly rough sound in the upper register I am talkig a bout a growl in the throat. I can do it but it is very irritating. I never knew him to be a smoker. It may be possible he was in his youth. Any of you players doctors? Think it is possible the cancer resulted from years of stress to the throat from growling????? Just a hunch!!!