Head and Neck Cancer
At ENT Surgeons of Melbourne we are able to diagnose and manage head and neck cancers…
The extensive use of tobacco and alcohol are closely linked with cancers within the mouth, throat, voice box and tongue.
If you notice any of the following it is important to contact a qualified medical health practitioner to have your mouth/throat/tongue assessed as soon as possible.
Lumps in the neck
Cancers that start in the head or neck can usually spread to the lymph nodes before spreading to other parts of the body. If you notice a lump in the neck that lasts longer than two weeks you should have it examined by an appropriately qualified health practitioner as soon as possible. Cancerous lumps in the neck do not usually cause pain, which is why it is important to have it checked even if it does not cause discomfort.
A change in the voice
An initial indicator of cancer in the larynx (voice box) is a change in voice. Any changes within the voice such as hoarseness that lasts for longer than a two week period should be examined by a qualified health practitioner.
Cancer within the oesophagus can make swallowing difficult. If you have trouble most times you swallow, seek medical attention from a qualified practitioner.
Growths within the mouth
If you notice you have a sore or swelling that does not go away, you should be concerned and have an appropriately qualified medical practitioner assess these sores or growths.
Since the ear shares the same nerve endings as the throat, constant pain in or around the ear when you swallow is known to be a sign or infection or possibly tumour growth in the throat. This is particularly serious if it is in combination with difficulty swallowing, hoarseness or a lump in the neck.