Head and Neck Cancers

headneckHead and neck cancers account for about 3% of cancer diagnoses in the U.S. Head and neck cancers usually begin in the squamous cells located in the mucosal lining in the mouth nose and throat. They are categorized by where the cancer began, such as the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity, or the salivary glands.

Symptoms of Head and Neck Cancers

The following are signs and symptoms associated with many of the head and neck cancers. Many of these symptoms may not be cancer, but might be related to other healthcare issues. Consult your healthcare provider if you experience any of the following:

  • Sore throat that won’t heal
  • Lump in the head/neck area
  • Frequent nose bleeds
  • Persistent nasal congestion
  • Double vision
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Hoarseness in the voice
  • White or red patch on the gums, tongue, or ling of the mouth
  • Unusual bleeding in the mouth
  • Trouble breathing or speaking
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Bad breath not caused by hygiene
  • Problems with dentures no longer fitting
  • Swelling under the chin or around the jawbone
  • Paralysis of muscles in the face

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