Cancer can impact any area of your body. A particularly critical area that cancer can impact is your head and neck. These cancers tend to start in the lymph nodes, the nose or sinuses, or the throat. Some of the symptoms associated with this kind of cancer are similar to a cold or a sinus infection, which is what makes head and neck cancers difficult to pinpoint right away in some people.
After visiting your doctor, you’ll learn that there are a few different types of head and neck cancers and the dangers that are associated with each one. A common type of cancer begins in your mouth. It can impact everything from your teeth to your gums. Your tongue and the roof of your mouth can be impacted as well. The danger behind head and neck cancer that begins in your mouth is that you can begin losing your teeth along with the functions of being able to eat properly. Signs of cancer in your mouth that you should report to your doctor include red or white patches, bleeding, and pain or swelling in your jaw.
The pharynx is another area of your mouth where head and neck cancer can begin. You can refer to the pharynx as your throat. Your tonsils are included in this area of your body along with the very back of your tongue and the soft palate that is at the back of your mouth. Early signs of cancer include pain while swallowing, difficulty talking or breathing, and earaches that continue to occur over time. Another area of your neck that you might want to pay attention to when talking about cancer is the larynx. This is the area of your mouth where your voice box is located as well as your epiglottis. Pain in your ear, as well as pain while swallowing, can be early symptoms of cancer of your larynx.
Head cancer sometimes begins in your nose and sinuses. Signs that should be addressed by your doctor regarding the dangers of head and neck cancer in your nose and sinuses include infections that aren’t cured by taking medications, nosebleeds that are associated with or without a headache, pain in your sinuses, and pain in your upper teeth.
To address any concerns regarding the dangers of head and neck cancers and any signs that you might notice, we warmly encourage you to reach out and make an appointment with Regional ENT Associates. At our convenient locations in Lebanon and Gallatin, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you.