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What are the warning signs of head and neck cancers?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 35 years experience
Avoid tobacco & etoh: Early warning signs are - lump in the neck., change in the voice, painless growth in the mouth, bringing up blood, swallowing problems, changes in the skin, constant pain in or around the ear when you swallow can be a sign of infection or tumor growth in the throat. This is particularly serious if it is associated with difficulty in swallowing, hoarseness, or a lump in the neck. Check with ENT doc.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Common ones: Common signs can be a tip off for underlying head/neck cancer. A sore throat that gets worse despite antibiotics, a neck lump that keeps growing, voice hoarseness that get worse despite rest and therapy, or difficulty swallowing that gets worse are some common situations. General signs (major tiredness, unintentional weight loss) can happen. In pts with smoking & alcohol use the are more worrisome.

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What causes head and neck cancers?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
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Tobacco usage: Head and neck cancers include cancers involving the throat, tongue, mouth, nose , and sinuses. Cigarette smoking is closely associated with throat cancer and chewing tobacco causes cancer in the mouth. Nasal and sinus cancers happen more often because of genetic predisposition rather than some external irritant like smoke.

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