Head And Neck Cancer is sometimes misdiagnosed as Sore Throat

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Sore Throat, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Head And Neck Cancer.

Head and Neck cancer is a category of cancer that is caused by a variety of different types of cancer in different locations. It’s mostly common in men over the age of 50 who smoke and abuse alcohol. Symptoms include mouth or tongue sores that do not heal, a white or red patch on the gums, tongue or mouth, a persistent sore throat, hoarseness, swelling in the jaw, neck or side of face, frequent sinus infections that don’t respond to antibiotics, persistent neck pain, frequent headaches, pain in the upper teeth, bleeding in the nose, mouth, or in saliva, trouble swallowing, persistent earaches and trouble breathing or speaking. It can be misdiagnosed as a simple sore throat.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Lump or bump in the head or neck area, persistent sore throat, swelling or a non healing sore, red or white patch in mouth, foul mouth smell, hoarseness or change in voice, nasal obstruction, persistent nasal congestion, frequent nose bleeds, unusual nasal discharge, difficulty breathing, pain or difficulty chewing, pain or difficulty swallowing, pain or difficulty moving the jaw or tongue, jaw pain, double vision, numbness or weakness in the head and neck region, blood in saliva or phlegm, fatigue, ear pain or infection, weight loss

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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