Do you know the warning signs of head and neck cancer?head cancer, neck cancer

While no one likes thinking about cancer, it’s certainly an important topic that is worth educating people about. After all, around 63,030 people developed head and neck cancer in 2016 alone. Unfortunately, the survival rate is exceedingly low because a lot of people don’t know what symptoms to look for or which symptoms are worth being checked by a medical professional. Our Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks, CA, otolaryngologists are here to provide some facts about head and neck cancer and the telltale signs that something is wrong.

Did you know that when it comes to head and neck cancers, the areas most affected by this disease are the nose, throat and ears? So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that if you notice any of these symptoms that it’s time to call our Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks ENT doctors to find out if you should come into the office for a checkup:

  • Chronic sore throat
  • Hoarseness or changes in your voice
  • Persistent cough
  • The sensation of a lump in your throat
  • Pain or difficulty swallowing
  • Ear pain
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Persistent bad breath despite good oral health
  • Oral patches that may be red or white
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

While one of these symptoms alone won’t often be a cause for concern, if you are experiencing several of these symptoms then something isn’t right and should be addressed by our ENT specialists. The sooner you seek attention for your health problems the better the prognosis will be if we find that you do in fact have head and neck cancer.

In order to determine whether or not you have head and neck cancer, it’s important that we perform a thorough evaluation in order to diagnose the cause of your symptoms. Along with a physical exam, we will go through your detailed medical history and also talk to about the symptoms you are experiencing. If we suspect that you may have cancer then we will recommend that you visit a specialist for a more comprehensive battery of diagnostic testing.

Whether you are experiencing symptoms or you just have concerns about your ear, nose and throat health, it’s important that you give West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat a call. Our ENT services extend to the Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Ventura County and Camarillo, CA, areas.