The main question many people have about any lump in their nose/neck/mouth is, could this be cancer. The good news is, the vast majority of them are not. But to help determine what that lump is, we’ll want to know:
- How long has it been there
- Does it hurt
- Has it been growing
- Does it grow and then get smaller
- Has there been any bleeding
- Do you smoke or drink alcohol
- Anyone in your family have any history of cancer or thyroid problems
- Any changes in your voice or ability to swallow
A full head and neck exam is carried out, many times with a fiberoptic scope to look into your throat if a neck lump is present. Some masses or growths may need to be biopsied. Neck masses may need CT scans.
Treatment depends on the location of the mass. Small growths in the mouth or nose can be removed in clinic. Other larger masses may need surgical excision in the operating room after careful consideration of all the possible treatment risks and benefits.