The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA) is hosting its 20th Annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week® (OHANCAW®) April 8-15, 2018. Thank you to more than 400 health partners who screened more than 35,000 individuals in 2017.

HNCA looks forward to another successful year of teaming up with hospitals, medical & dental clinics worldwide to provide oral, head and neck cancer awareness events.

Head and Neck Cancer symptoms are vague and often not diagnosed until the advanced stages. For 20 years now, HNCA and our partners have worked together to raise awareness and save lives by hosting community health screenings to promote early detection.

Monday, April 9 

Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of head and neck cancer.  While lung cancer cases are decreasing, cancers in the head and neck are increasing. Head and neck cancers are curable if caught early. Fortunately, most of them produce early symptoms. You should know the potential warning signs so you can alert your doctor as soon as possible. Remember, successful treatment of head and neck cancer depends on early detection. Knowing and recognizing its signs can save your life.

Tuesday, April 10

Symptoms of Head and Neck Cancer

A lump in the neck – Cancers that begin in the head or neck usually spread to lymph nodes in the neck before they spread elsewhere. A lump in the neck that lasts more than two weeks should be seen by a physician as soon as possible

Change in the voice. Most cancers in the voicebox can cause your voice to change.  The physicians at Oklahoma Otolaryngology Associates are head and neck specialists who can examine your voicebox, easily and painlessly.

A growth in the mouth. Most cancers of the mouth or tongue cause a sore or swelling that does nott go away. These may be painless, which can be misleading. Cancer is often painless. Bleeding may occur, but often not until late in the disease. If an ulcer or swelling is accompanied by lumps in the neck, you should be concerned.

Wednesday, April 11

Symptoms of Head and Neck Cancer

Swallowing problems. Cancer of the throat or esophagus (swallowing tube) may make swallowing solid foods and sometimes liquids— difficult. The food may “stick” at a certain point and then either go through to the stomach or come back up.  If you have trouble almost every time you try to swallow something, you should see your OOA physician immediately.

Changes in the skin. The most common head and neck cancer is basal cell skin cancer.  Basal cell cancers appear most often on sun-exposed areas like the forehead, face and ears; but can also occur anywhere on the skin. Basal cell cancer often begins as a small, pale patch that enlarges slowly, producing a central dimple and eventually an ulcer.

Persistent earache.  Constant pain in or around the ear when you swallow can be a sign of infection or tumor growth in the throat. This is particularly serious if it is associated with difficulty in swallowing, hoarseness or a lump in the neck. These symptoms should be evaluated by one of our physicians at Oklahoma Otolaryngology Associates.

Thursday, April 12

As many as 90 percent of head and neck cancers arise after prolonged exposure to specific risk factors. Tobacco Use (cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, or snuff) and alcoholic beverages are the most common cause of cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box and tongue.  In adults who do not smoke or drink, cancer of the throat can occur as a result of infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV).  Sunlight exposure is linked with cancer of the lip and is also established as a major cause of skin cancer.

Friday, April 13

Head & Neck Cancer, when found early, can be cured with few side effects.  Cure rates for these cancers could be greatly improved if people would seek medical advice as soon as possible. Play it safe!!!  If you detect any warning signs of head and neck cancer, call Oklahoma Otolaryngology Associates immediately.