Head and Neck Care
More than 55,000 Americans develop cancer of the head and neck every year. Approximately 13,000 of these cases are fatal. Most of these deaths are preventable with early diagnosis and treatment. 80% of all patients seen in our office with all stages of cancer can be cured, indicating most of our patients are diagnosed and treated in the early stages.
Our physicians offer the very best in diagnosis and treatment for head and neck cancer. We stay abreast of the latest and best cancer therapies and will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will provide optimal results. If you are looking for state-of-the-art care, you will find that our experience and capabilities are unsurpassed.
Watch for These Symptoms
The following symptoms are early indicators of head and neck cancer. If you experience any of the following, you should contact an ENT physician in your area. Early detection of these cancers can save your life.
A lump in the neck: A lump in the neck that lasts for more than two weeks should be seen by a physician as soon as possible. Not all lumps are cancer, but a lump (or lumps) can be the first sign of cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, thyroid cancer, or certain lymphomas. Such lumps are usually painless and enlarge steadily.
Change in the voice: Any hoarseness or other voice change lasting more than two weeks should alert you to see your physician. An otolaryngologist is a head and neck physician who can examine your vocal cords easily and painlessly. Most hoarseness is not caused by cancer, but should be seen by a physician who can determine the cause.
A growth in the mouth: Most cancers of the mouth or tongue cause a sore or swelling that does not go away. These sores may be painless until they become infected. Bleeding may occur, but not until later stages of the disease. Your dentist or doctor can determine whether a biopsy is needed.
Swallowing problems: Cancer of the throat or esophagus may make swallowing difficult. If you have consistent trouble swallowing food or liquid, you should be examined by an otolaryngologist to determine the cause.
Persistent earache: Constant pain in or around the ear when you swallow can be a sign of infection or tumor growth in the throat. An ear, nose and throat specialist best evaluates these symptoms.
Identifying high risk of head and neck cancer: Many head and neck cancers arise after prolonged exposure to specific elements. Use of tobacco and alcohol are closely linked with cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box and tongue. Excessive exposure to sun can also contribute to cancer of the lip and is also a cause of skin cancer.