Explaining Head and Neck Cancer

Often times when we think of oral cancer we will automatically focus on cancer of the mouth. However, to understand oral cancer more thoroughly, you must understand head and neck cancer. Head and neck cancer describes where the cancer originates.

MD Anderson provides the following list on the areas that head and neck cancers usually occur:

  • Oral cavity (mouth, lips, gums, cheeks, tongue, tonsils and mouth floor)
  • Salivary glands
  • Nasal cavity / paranasal sinuses / nasopharynx
  • Throat / pharynx
  • Larynx / voice box

If you begin to experience a lump or sore in any of these areas that is not healing, a sore throat that will not go away, trouble swallowing or a change in your voice or hoarseness, you should visit your physician immediately.


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