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How To Know If You Have Cancer In Your Neck
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Have it examined: The weird bump on the neck should be checked out by your physician. This is particularly the case if it has changed in size or coloration or if there is new pain associated with it. Cancer is always a concern. Special imaging tests or even a biopsy may be necessary. But its good to start with your physician who can tell a lot by looking at it and palpating it.
There are many diffe: Neck cancer may mean any one of the different cancers. The common ones that can show up in the neck are lymphoma, cancers of the head/neck region that arise inside but spread into the neck lymph nodes and thyroid cancers. The symptoms may be a swelling in the neck (painless usually) and symptoms from the primary cancer such as hoarseness or sores in the mouth or throat. Fever and fatigue can be sx.
Not cancer: Any growth in the body is considered a tumor. A cancer is a form of tumor that has no growth constraints, . It usually enlarges and eventually metastasizes. Yours has not. In the neck, posterior lesions are usually not nodal in origin but frequently lipomas. A surgeon can easily establish dx and decide whether bx or resection required
Painless lumps on both sides of neck, from past one month which are growing slowly. Age:22, female. Will that results in cancer. Worried. Please help?
Neck lumps: Most lumps on neck are due to inflamed lymph nodes which most of the time are of benign nature. Infections can cause this type of reaction and they usually resolve on their own or after infection has resolved. Lymph nodes that persist, are hard and do not move need to be checked more closely. If that is the case a visit to the ENT is recommended.
My aunt had a "knot" come up on the left side of her neck. It's visible from across the room and when feeling of it it seems to be about 1 in or bigger. She has a strong family history of cancer.
See doctor: And have it checked asap.Get a more detailed answer ›
Several ways: 1) clinical exam, using scopes (laryngoscope, nasoscope) 2) imaging: this includes computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, angiography, ultrasound, among others 3) laboratory studies of blood components 4) always a biopsy is done to prove the diagnosis. Clinical history (such as smoking, drinking), specific symptoms and length of symptoms all guide in the approach and use of the above.See 1 more doctor answer
Head and neck cancer: Head and neck cancers span a wide range of sites and cancer types with several causes. Depending on the site and type of cancer, many people are cured or do quite well. Several details about the cancer will substratify it into one with a more or less favorable prognosis if you know more specifically what type of cancer and its location.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Many: The world health organization shows about 28 different types of salivary gland tumors, 35 thyroid gland tumors, 40 sinonasal tract tumors, about 18 larynx tumors, a dozen or more ear tumors. So -- while squamous cell carcinoma accounts for the majority of tumors, there are "hundreds" of tumor types in the head and neck.See 1 more doctor answer
Exam necessary: Skin and soft tissue lumps are incredibly common and only a small fraction of these end up being cancerous. I would advise you to see your doctor to have a physical examination. There is really no way to know based on your description.
?: I'm not sure what you mean with "afraid for the hospital" but if you are concerned about cancer (of any kind) you need to see a physician for an evaluation. We cannot answer your concern online.
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