Head and Neck cancers are located in the throat, larynx, nose, sinuses, mouth, and salivary glands. It is essential to be vigilant about the symptoms as early detection can greatly improve chances of recovery.
The main risk factors for Head and Neck Cancers include alcohol use, tobacco use and virus exposure. However, it is important to note that anyone can develop these forms of cancer, regardless of whether they have these risk factors.
If you have any ONE of the following key symptoms for THREE weeks or more seek medical advice.
In the United Kingdom, patients with suspected head and neck cancer can be seen by a specialist within two weeks if they meet certain referral criteria for urgent investigation. The individuals most likely to receive these referrals have cancers at an advanced stage.
Approximately 40% of people with suspected head and neck cancer are seen within the two-week wait period. Unfortunately, this means that a significant portion of patients may have cancers that have progressed to stage 3 or 4 by the time they are seen by a specialist.
Dentists sometimes play a role in the early detection of head and neck cancers, as they can often spot oral cancers during routine dental examinations. Around 10% of patients with head and neck cancer are referred by dentists.
Spotting cancer at an early stage saves lives, so tell your doctor or dentist if you notice anything that isn’t normal for you.
If you notice persistent or concerning signs, it is important to inform your GP promptly. Being proactive and monitoring your signs and symptoms is essential for early diagnosis, which will greatly improve the outcomes of treatment.
You may think it is insignifcant but it could lead to something serious if experienced for an extended period of time - don't delay, get it checked out today!
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