Are you at risk for head and neck tumors? Cancers in this
area of the body most frequently develop after prolonged use of tobacco and
alcohol, as well as overexposure to sunlight.
You can reduce your risk of developing this type of cancer by
not smoking and not using chewing or spit tobacco and by reducing alcohol
consumption. Avoiding overexposure to sunlight, wearing sunscreen, and staying
out of the sun from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will help reduce your risk of developing
skin cancer and possibly cancer of the lip.
Cancer of the head and neck can often be cured with little
difficulty if it is caught and treated early enough. Therefore, it pays to watch
for the warning signs so you can alert your doctor as soon as possible:
- persistent earache when you swallow
- changes in your skin, including black or blue-black spots
and changing or bleeding moles
- a lingering sore or swelling in your mouth
- a lump in your neck
- constant swallowing problems
- blood in your saliva or phlegm for more than a few
- a change in your voice lasting more than two
It is important to keep in mind that all of the
aforementioned symptoms can occur without a cancer being present. Indeed, often
these symptoms may be due to some other condition. The only way to be sure is to
see your doctor promptly if you experience one of these warning signs of head
and neck cancer.
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