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If I have a lump on my neck, should I be worried about head and neck cancer?

If I have a lump on my neck, should I be worried about head and neck cancer?

Not always: A lump in the neck can be due to infection, fatty tumor, enlarged salivary gland, and sometimes due to cancer too. A lump which continues to grow in a high-risk person (male, smoker, alcohol user, tobacco chewing, poor oral hygiene/dentition) without any signs of infection should raise concerns. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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


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What is a lump about 3/4" around on the back of neck, base of skull? Your guess cancer or a cyst? 76-year old male

What is a lump about 3/4" around on the back of neck, base of skull?  Your guess cancer or a cyst? 76-year old male

Possibilities: It is possible to have a swollen lymph node in this region (called occipital nodes). It could also be a cyst such as an epidermal or sebaceous cyst. Another option is a (usually) benign fatty tumor called a lipoma. If it is getting larger or is tender/painful, or associated with other similar lumps, i would get it checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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What type of cancer tumors can grow in neck and where can it grow? Have lump in back of neck that's not lymph nodes. Test for lymphoma by dr. Negative

What type of cancer tumors can grow in neck and where can it grow? Have lump in back of neck that's not lymph nodes. Test for lymphoma by dr. Negative

Your doctor should g: A physical examination by a good doctor can guide you further. If there is a real lump in your neck, we need to know more about this lump...like how big is it? how long has it been there? is it growing in size or static? There are tumors that can arise from soft tissues of the neck like muscles and other structures that make up your neck. if the tumor is easily palpable, then you need X-rays done ...Read more

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6 weeks after cancer treatment of neck cancer, there is a knot on the back of my head. should i be concerned? follow up visit in 2 weeks. thx.

Have it checked.: Is this knot new or was there before? Mention this to your doctor in your follow-up visit and have it checked. ...Read more

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Follow up to previous ques, have lentil size bump directly behind/under ear, deep inside skin. If a cyst how long until it goes away? Not neck cancer?

Follow up to previous ques, have lentil size bump directly behind/under ear, deep inside skin. If a cyst how long until it goes away? Not neck cancer?

Lymph nodes node: if you have a lump under your ear right on the bone then it is a periauricular lymph node. If it is 1 cm or smaller then continue to observe. Although neck cancel can cause lymph node Sao could an infected ear piercing and skin cancer like melanoma. Your doctor will look at your hair and evaluate. ...Read more

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What would be the symptoms of someone with neck cancer?

What would be the symptoms of someone with neck cancer?

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. ...Read more

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How do doctors detect neck cancer?

How do doctors detect neck cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Is head and neck cancer hereditary?

Is head and neck cancer hereditary?

Usually not: Head/neck cancers are typically environmentally driven- smoking, alcohol, tobacoo chewing, virus infections (hpv and ebv virus) are the causative factors. Some head/neck cancers such as thyroid cancers can be hereditary though. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for head and neck cancer?

SMOKERS: Smoking and drinking are the biggest risk factors for head and neck cancer. Chewing tobacco also increases the risk. Human papilloma virus is now becoming another risk factor. ...Read more

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