Head and neck tumors account for about 4% of all tumors in the United States. In 2020, an estimated
65,630 people (48,200 men and 17,430 women) will develop head and neck tumor. Head and neck tumors are also diagnosed more often among people over age 50 than they are among younger people.

Head and Neck

A mass found in the head and neck area should never be taken lightly.  Head and neck tumors are divided based on location, into:

  • Paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity
  • Oral cavity
  • Pharynx
  • Larynx
  • Salivary glands

Tumors in this area are further divided into benign or malignant. 

Regarding malignant tumors, of note is the fact that in recent years, the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma has reached epidemic proportions. HPV currently accounts for the majority of patients with primary oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, taking precedence over well-known factors, such as smoking and alcohol consumption. 

Our expert and experienced healthcare providers evaluate a patient’s medical history, perform a physical examination, and order diagnostic tests as part of a thorough work-up essential in the attempt to determine the origin and extent of the head and neck tumor.

The exams and tests performed may vary depending on the location and presentation of the mass.  A biopsy and examination of the tissue under the microscope may be warranted to arrive at a diagnosis.

The correct diagnosis of the mass and later staging of the tumor, if it is malignant, are essential steps in providing the patient with the precise and most effective treatment.


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