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Head and neck masses and tumors include a diverse group of diseases that includes benign and cancerous tumors. Often head or neckcancer is first detected when the lymph nodes in the neck swell. Lumps in the neck that last more than two weeks should be checked by a doctor. They may indicate cancer of the mouth, throat, voice box, thyroid gland or certain lymphomas or blood cancers.

Other signs of cancer are a change in the voice, growth in the mouth, spitting up blood, problems swallowing, skin lesions, a persistent ear ache, or intolerance or burning reaction to acidic foods, such as orange juice. Anyone with these symptoms should see their doctor. When caught early, neck and head cancer is often curable.


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