Head and Neck Cancer Recurrence

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Cancer in scientific terms can be defined as unmanageable multiplication of cells. There are two types of tumors- benign tumors and malignant tumors. Malignant tumors are cancerous. Benign tumors are not harmful tumors. Head and neck cancer is the cancer of oral cavity, salivary glands, larynx or the voice-box, pharynx, paranasal sinuses, lymph nodes present in the upper part of the neck and nasal cavity. One must check that eye cancer, brain cancer, skin cancer, scalp cancer and the bones present in the facial region are not categorized under head and neck cancer.

The symptoms of head and neck cancer are as follows:

  1. Constant pain in the ear for several weeks
  2. Change in the voice
  3. Change in the color of the skin
  4. Problem in swallowing of food
  5. Swelling in the oral cavity or mouth
  6. Bleeding of nose for more than two weeks
  7. Blockage of nose
  8. Presence of lumps in the throat
  9. Difficulty in the breathing
  10. Swelling in the throat

Head and neck cancer recurrence is the occurrence of the cancerous cells even after the treatment. It is quite often in head and neck cancer that cancerous cells grow again and again. But subsequent recurrence is rare. The condition could be like this there would be another tumor present in the same location or metastatic of lymph nodes from initial tumor.

Pain is quite common in post-treatment of head and neck cancer. But onset of pain must be investigated as it can be a sign for recurrence of cancer. Hence, the pain must not be ignored. Also, post treatment must be paid attention. Regular visit to your doctor can be beneficial. It can reduce the risk of head and neck cancer recurrence. According to a research, head and neck cancer recurrence chances are high in the first five years of the post-treatment. Also, the survival chances are quite less. The treatment of the head and neck cancer recurrence depends upon the treatment taken when the head and neck cancer was diagnosed. That's why there are very few cancer recurrence treatments available.

Tobacco and smoking increases the risk of oral cancer. Hence, quitting the habit of smoking and chewing tobacco reduces the risk of cancer recurrence. Nicotine, a substance present in tobacco, causes psychological and physical dependence. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention illustrates tobacco as "the single most important preventable risk to human health in developed countries and an important cause of premature death worldwide". Smoking also causes lung cancer. Many people develop cancers worldwide due to chewing tobacco and smoking. One good news is that the rates of people smoking have reduced in the developed countries whereas the rate of chewing tobacco has increased in the developing counties by 3.4%.

The healthy way to prevent the recurrence of head and neck cancer is to eat a healthy and balanced diet, exercise regularly, do not get addicted to dangerous habits such as smoking, consuming tobacco in any form and excess consumption of alcohol. Live life stress free. Spread happiness and love. You will get inner satisfaction in return.

Take care!

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