Common head and neck malignancies
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AbstractCommon head and neck tumours include those of the nasopharynx, thyroid, larynx and hypopharynx, oral cavity and oropharynx, nasal cavity and sinuses, and the salivary glands. In the early stages these tumours may present with vague symptoms that are common to a wide variety of infective, inflammatory and other pathologies. Following a careful assessment of symptoms, it is important and essential to perform a thorough examination of the head and neck including careful inspection of the mucosa lined cavities. This may not be straightforward, and cancers that occur here can easily go undetected by those less familiar with the necessary special examination techniques required. While the prognosis for large or advanced cancers is poor, the prognosis for early or small cancers is good. Awareness of the symptoms and signs of common head and neck tumours, and the ability to perform a systematic examination of the head and neck, will improve the outcome of these patients.
All Author(s) ListVlantis A.C.
Journal nameHong Kong Practitioner
Year2004
Month2
Day1
Volume Number26
Issue Number2
PublisherHong Kong College of Family Physicians
Place of PublicationHong Kong
Pages74 - 80
ISSN1027-3948
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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