Head & Neck Cancer Signs, Symptoms, and Risk Factors
Symptoms & Risk Factors
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.