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Head and Neck Cancer

Treating head and neck cancers

Larynx, Lips, Mouth, Neck, Nose, Salivary Gland, Sinus, Tongue, Throat

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Head and neck cancers affect your mouth, nose and throat, including your larynx, lips, neck, salivary gland, sinus or tongue. Tobacco and alcohol use, as well as the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, are risk factors for head and neck cancers. Approximately 52,000 individuals in the United States are diagnosed with these cancers annually, especially men over 50.

Mouth Cancer
Oral, or mouth cancer, includes cancer of the lips, gums, tongue, inside lining of the cheeks, roof of the mouth and floor of the mouth.

When should you call your doctor?
Mouth cancer can appear as a sore that doesn’t heal. You might also have redness, swelling or white patches inside your mouth or the feeling of a lump in your neck or throat. Other symptoms might include:
  • Loose teeth
  • Poorly fitting dentures
  • Bleeding in your mouth
  • An earache that doesn’t go away
  • Tongue pain
  • Jaw pain or stiffness
  • Numbness of your lower lip and chin
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Sore throat

Throat Cancer
Throat cancer refers to cancers of your throat, voice box or tonsils. This is a rare cancer and difficult to detect because its symptoms are common to other, non-serious conditions. You can reduce your risk of throat cancer by avoiding tobacco and alcohol use.

When should you call your doctor?
Most problems involving the throat are not throat cancer, but tell your physician if you have pain or difficulty when swallowing or a persistent earache. Other symptoms of throat cancer might include:
  • A cough
  • Hoarseness or other vocal changes
  • A sore throat
  • A lump or sore that doesn’t heal
  • Weight loss for no reason

For more information

To learn more about head and neck cancer, call 612-672-7272.

Head and neck cancer team

Hematology/Oncology

Oncology

Otolaryngology

Radiation Oncology

Surgical Oncology

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