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Neck Masses & Lumps: Everything You Need to Know

If you have found you have a mass or lump on your neck, the most important step for you to take is to get it checked out by a professional. Often times, these lesions or bumps can be painful or serious. While doing your own in-depth research can be helpful, you should visit a doctor to get a true assessment of your neck condition as well as information on future steps and treatment.

For now, let’s take a look at everything you need to know about neck mass symptoms and neck lumps, as well as the symptoms and treatments that may go along with them.

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Everything You Need to Know About Laryngeal Cancer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, taking nearly 600,000 lives annually. It’s essential to understand that it is a collection of over 100 related conditions and not just one disease. Laryngeal cancer accounts for 1.8 percent of all deaths collectively with other pharynx and oral cavity cancers.

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How to Test for Oral Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, this year around 53,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer, and over 10,000 people will die from it. Though oral cancer is a concern for the world population as a whole, some people are more susceptible than others. Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women, while other risk factors include drinking excessively, smoking or chewing tobacco, spending time under the sun, and exposure to the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Fortunately, oral cancer is generally treatable when identified at an early stage. Here, we go over how you can test for oral cancer with an oral cancer self-exam or a screening, and the steps to take if you exhibit any symptoms.

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Head & Neck Cancer Symptoms
Signs and Symptoms of Oral, Head & Neck Cancer

Head and Neck Cancers, not to be confused with brain cancers, account for roughly 4-5% of all cancers in the United States each year. Some the Head and Neck cancer regions can include but not limited to:

  • Oral Cavity and Tongue
  • Jaw
  • Tonsils and Throat
  • Larynx (voice box)
  • Face, Neck, and Scalp Skin
  • Thyroid Gland
  • Salivary Glands including Parotid Gland
  • Sinus and Nasal Structures
  • Other Face and Neck Anatomies

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