Oral, head and neck cancer refers to a variety of cancers that develop in the head and neck region, such as the oral cavity (mouth), the pharynx (throat), paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity, the larynx (voice box), thyroid and salivary glands, the skin of the face and neck, and the lymph nodes in the neck.
Common warning signs are:
- Red or white patch in the mouth that lasts more than two weeks
- Change in voice or hoarseness that lasts more than two weeks
- Sore throat that does not subside
- Pain or swelling in the mouth or neck that does not subside
- Lump in the neck
Other warning signs that occur during later stages of the disease include:
- Ear pain
- Difficulty speaking or swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
As a part of the Focus On Cancer video series, Focus On Head and Neck Cancers addresses head and neck cancer diagnosis, treatment, research and survivorship.
In this video, New Jersey State Senator Diane Allen, together with other patients from the Abramson Cancer Center discuss their diagnoses, and their decisions to come to Penn Medicine for their cancer care.