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Head and Neck Center
Many cancers are linked to some degree of lifestyle-related risk factors, particularly head and neck cancers. At least 75 percent of these cancers are linked to tobacco use of any sort and alcohol, and those who use both are at increased risk. These cancers also are linked to cancer-causing types of human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States, which is on the rise.
At the UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health Head and Neck Cancer Center we offer you every advantage available using the most advanced diagnostics, treatments and research to help you understand your disease, its treatment and your outlook.
We understand how difficult the journey through cancer may be. Our goal is to support you with a team of knowledgeable, compassionate physicians and staff focused on helping you overcome this disease and providing you hope.
Head and Neck Cancer Symptoms
Because these cancers affect different parts of the head and neck, there are many symptoms to consider. This wide range of possible symptoms makes the involvement of one of our physicians particularly important. He or she may be able to connect seemingly unrelated symptoms and make sense of your health concerns.
Symptoms to watch for include:
- A lump or sore in the mouth or on the tongue that does not go away
- A white or red patch on the gums, tongue or lining of the mouth
- Unusual pain or bleeding in the mouth
- Problems with the fit and comfort of dentures
- Swelling in the jaw
- A sore throat that does not go away
- A change in the voice or ongoing hoarseness
- Persistent pain in the neck area or throat
- Difficulty or pain when swallowing
- Frequent headaches
- Ear pain, ringing ears, and difficulty hearing
- Difficulty breathing
- Pain in the head and neck region that does not go away
- Numbness or paralysis in the facial area
- Swelling of the eyes and other difficulties
- Sinus infections that do not respond to treatment
- Sinuses that will not clear
- Nose bleeds