Head & Neck Cancer
Cancer of the Oral Cavity (Mouth), Throat and Neck
Any lesion in the mouth which does not go away within a few days needs investigation. A malignancy may present as a white lesion (sometimes white and red), an ulcer which does not heal or a lump. This lump may be in the mouth, on the face or in the neck. Any of these require proper examination by a doctor who specializes in treating head and neck lesions.
A small biopsy (tissue sample) may be necessary to confirm a diagnosis. This can usually be undertaken under local anaesthetic in the surgery and is quite minor. It is imperative that any undiagnosed lesion or lump is not ignored. A “wait and see” approach is unacceptable. Delaying diagnosis of head and neck cancer can greatly affect prognosis and subsequent quality of life after treatment. In other words, the earlier treatment commences, the better!
NB: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Some examples of Oral Cancer are shown below: