It is important to remember that not all head and neck masses are cancerous. In fact, there are numerous causes for masses to develop. If you feel a lump in your neck, contact a head and neck specialist like Dr. Leeman. Even if the mass is benign, it can still have a serious impact on the head and neck.
Masses in the head and neck are usually attributed to:
- Enlarged lymph nodes as your body fights infection
- Benign lesions that do not grow or spread
- Thyroid masses
- Vascular masses
- Salivary gland masses
If you experience the following symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Leeman.
- Lump in the neck persisting for more than two weeks
- Change in your voice including hoarseness that persists more than two weeks
- Growth in the mouth
- Swollen tongue
- Blood in the saliva or phlegm
- Swallowing problems
- Changes in the skin
- Persistent par pain or ear pain while swallowing