Head & Neck Cancer Signs, Symptoms, and Risk Factors

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The Signs and Symptoms Associated with Head and Neck Cancer are, but not limited to:

  • A lump or lumps in the neck and throat area
  • A persistent sore throat that does not subside with regular treatment
  • Difficulty swallowing, or a “scratchy” feeling when swallowing
  • Unexplained change in the pitch of your voice
  • Persistent, unexplained hoarseness
  • Sores in the oral cavity that will not heal.

Additional Risk Factors

Infection with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted disease, has been linked to an increase in head & neck cancers incidences. Those with HPV are at greater risk of acquiring cancers of the head and neck.

*When you experience these signs and symptoms it is important to contact your primary care provider or consult your ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist).

**If you wish to participate in screening and early detection practices, please contact AZCCC to schedule a consultation.