Head & Neck Medical Disorders

Head & Neck Medical Disorders   |   Head & Neck Surgeries

Head & Neck Masses

A number of masses may develop in the head and neck, and these may also be called growths, tumors, lumps, and bumps. While some head and neck masses are cancerous, many are not; it is important to see a physician if any abnormal bump or structure persists for more than two weeks. If a cancer is present, earlier detection provides the highest chance of successful treatment.


Cancer of Neck, Face, and Throat

Cancer of Neck, Face, and Throat arises in the head or neck region (in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, salivary glands, throat, or larynx [voice box]). Most head and neck cancers begin in the squamous cells that line the mucosal surfaces in the head and neck. Head and neck cancers are identified by the area in which they begin.

Tobacco and alcohol use are the most important risk factors for head and neck cancers. Typical symptoms of head and neck cancer 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.

The treatment plan for an individual patient depends on a number of factors, including the exact location of the tumor, the stage of the cancer, and the person's age and general health. Rehabilitation and regular follow-up care are important parts of treatment for patients with head and neck cancer.

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