More than 1 lakh cases of head and neck cancer in India every year
The cancer is increasing at an increasing speed with developing in or around the mouth, pharynx, larynx, nose, or sinuses are broadly referred to as head and neck cancer. It is the second most common cancer in India. According to the latest data, more than 1.2 lakh people are diagnosed with this disease every year. The usage of tobacco in any form and alcoholic beverages is the main reason for this, it can also occur as a result of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infection. So, making a chance in the lifestyle is the only way cancer can be avoided.
The patients of head and neck cancer witness a lump in the neck, swelling in the cheek, change in voice, soreness or ulcer of the mouth or tongue, bleeding from the nose or mouth, or difficulty in swallowing the food as well. Pain near the ear can also be a sign of tumour growth. According to the doctors, most cancers in the head and neck region can be cured totally, if detected early. Therefore, if you are witnessing any of the above symptoms, you need to consult the doctor immediately.
The treatment options range from surgery to chemotherapy to a radiation therapy and a combination these can also be used to cure. New therapies for cancer include targeted therapy and immunotherapy, which can be used in the advanced stages. Most importantly, there are no side effects associated with chemotherapy. But it’s always better to start the treatment at the earliest.