Ear Nose & Throat

Look Out for Head and Neck Cancers

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    #04-21/22/34 Mount Elizabeth
    Novena Specialist Centre
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  • January 3, 2023
  • 1 minute read

Head and neck cancer is an umbrella term consisting of a group of cancers in the area, and treated by Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) specialists. This group of cancers include:

  • Thyroid cancer
  • Salivary gland cancer
  • Nose cancer
  • Sinus cancer
  • Laryngeal (voice box) cancer
  • Oral cancer
  • Throat cancer

Depending on the type of cancer, signs and symptoms vary. Here are some common ones to look out for:

  • A lump on the neck
  • Sensation of a lump in the throat
  • Sore throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty breathing, swallowing, or speaking
  • Pain or ringing in the ears
  • Blocked ear
  • Hearing loss
  • Nosebleed
  • Blocked nose
  • Reduced smell
  • A white or red sore on the gums, tongue or lining of the mouth that does not heal
  • Swelling in the jaw
  • Headaches and pain in the upper teeth
  • Blocked sinuses that do not resolve
  • Sinus infections that do not resolve despite treatment
  • Pain and swelling around the eyes

If you notice any of the above signs and symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. An ENT specialist in particular will be able to diagnose you accurately and embark on appropriate treatment to prevent disease progression and manage your symptoms so that you can be more comfortable.

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