Early detection of cancer is urgent to prevent a fatal outcome. Cancers of the head and neck can be particularly aggressive.
Signs of Head and Neck Cancers
Signs of cancer of the head and neck can include:
- Changes in the skin
- Recurring pain
- Prolonged hoarseness
- Sudden loss of voice
- Trouble breathing
The following symptoms may occur in advanced stages:
- Chronic cough
- Trouble breathing and swallowing
- Coughing up blood
- An obvious lump in the neck
- Persistent pain
- Weight loss
- A foul smell
If you have any of these symptoms, you should see your primary care physician or an ENT physician immediately.
Types of Head and Neck Cancers
Cancer of the larynx is a malignant (life-threatening) tumor in your larynx. If not treated, it can spread throughout the throat, block your air passage, and spread to other parts of your body.
Cancer of the pharynx (also called pharyngeal cancer) is a malignant tumor in the passageway leading from the mouth and back of the nose to the esophagus (food pipe).
Nasopharyngeal cancer is a malignant tumor that develops in the nasopharynx.
A thyroidectomy is a procedure in which the doctor surgically removes all or part of the thyroid gland.
Schedule and Appointment
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More can be found at the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.