Neck cancer represents a number of cancers that usually affect the larynx, throat, and sinuses. This type of cancer affects the crucial functions of the body that involves speaking and swallowing. You can book your appointment to us if you notice some signs that indicate a risk to your health.
People who take alcohol, and particularly hard liquor or beer, those who use cigars, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or pipes are prone to neck cancer and may also develop other complications in their body. Note that, risks also increases with the age of an individual. It mostly affects those people who are over 45 years.
Reports and studies have also claimed that some strains of the HPV (human papillomavirus) which causes both genital and cervical cancers are risk factors of neck cancer in both women and men.
Signs and symptoms
The signs and symptoms include a persistent sore throat, trouble in swallowing, cough, ear pain, and a change in voice. Not to mention, a lump in either the throat or neck. It is always important to seek medical advice when you notice these signs and symptoms.
It is always encouraged for all the adults to be screened regularly as part of the way of diagnosing neck cancer. These may involve inspection of soft tissues of the neck by machines under the watch of a professional doctor. If cancer is suspected in any way, your physician should order a PET scan to help in a further investigation. Also, he/she may conduct a biopsy in order to test cells for neck cancer. This may involve laryngoscopy or endoscopy.
How it is treated
This one majorly relies on both the stage and location of the neck cancer. However, most patients have obtained a combination of radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery. It is always important to go for treatment that will not have a negative impact on your life.
Possible side effects of neck cancer treatment
If not properly handled by a professional, neck cancer treatment may involve the following risks.
- Speaking, swallowing and eating difficulties
- Destroy your physical appearance
It is always important to seek advice from your doctor whenever you notice complications on your neck.