It is important to understand the symptoms of head and neck cancer.
As with any cancer, the earlier the diagnosis, the more likely the patient will have a positive outcome.
The signs and symptoms of head and neck cancers may include a lump or a sore that does not heal, a sore throat that does not go away, difficulty in swallowing, and a change or hoarseness in the voice. These symptoms may also be caused by other, less serious conditions. It is important to check with a doctor or dentist about any of these symptoms.
From the National Cancer Institute Head and Neck Cancers Factsheet.
- Most head and neck cancers begin in the squamous cells that line the moist surfaces inside the head and neck.
- Tobacco use, alcohol use, and human papillomavirus infection are important risk factors for head and neck cancers.
- Typical symptoms of head and neck cancers include a lump or sore (for example, in the mouth) that does not heal, a sore throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing, and a change or hoarseness in the voice.
- Rehabilitation and regular follow-up care are important parts of treatment for patients with head and neck cancers.