Head & Neck Cancer FAQ

Q: Can and should I have regular check-ups for oral cancer?

A: Yes and it’s very easy!  Your dentist as well as your doctor should check for this.  Six monthly oro/dental reviews are recommended.

Q: Can a lump in my neck be cancer?

A: Yes it can.  In this case as with any other unexplained lump, it is imperative to be examined by a specialist.

Q: How does a specialist examine the nose and throat?

A: Firstly, by an “in the chair” clinical examination using specifically designed instruments to examine the nose and throat.  Secondly, by investigations such as CT and MRI scans.  Thirdly, an examination under general anaesthesia (asleep) may be required.

Q: Will an oral or throat cancer always lead to an early death?

A: If a malignancy is ignored and allowed to develop for a long time, it is much more difficult to treat and is more likely to have spread.  In general, the earlier diagnosed the better.

Q: How can I reduce my chances of developing oral cancer?

A: Do not smoke and keep alcohol consumption to a moderate level.

Q: Who investigates and treats oral cancer?

A: A number of specialists practice in this area, most notably: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Otorhinolaryngologists (ENT Surgeons), Radiation Oncologists and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

N.B. The above FAQ is only a guide and patients do need to see Dr Acton for a preoperative consultation, during which, individual needs and medical conditions are discussed more thoroughly.  Therefore, please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries by either telephone or email.

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