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Guard Against Head & Neck Cancer
by Hector N. Hernandez, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Are you at risk for head and neck tumors? Cancers in this area of the body most frequently develop after prolonged use of tobacco and alcohol, as well as overexposure to sunlight.
You can reduce your risk of developing this type of cancer by not smoking and not using chewing or spit tobacco and by reducing alcohol consumption. Avoiding overexposure to sunlight, wearing sunscreen, and staying out of the sun from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will help reduce your risk of developing skin cancer and possibly cancer of the lip.
Cancer of the head and neck can often be cured with little difficulty if it is caught and treated early enough. Therefore, it pays to watch for the warning signs so you can alert your doctor as soon as possible:
    • persistent earache when you swallow
    • changes in your skin, including black or blue-black spots and changing or bleeding moles
    • a lingering sore or swelling in your mouth
    • a lump in your neck
    • constant swallowing problems
    • blood in your saliva or phlegm for more than a few days
    • a change in your voice lasting more than two weeks
It is important to keep in mind that all of the aforementioned symptoms can occur without a cancer being present. Indeed, often these symptoms may be due to some other condition. The only way to be sure is to see your doctor promptly if you experience one of these warning signs of head and neck cancer.




Hector N. Hernandez, M.D., P.A.
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21297-A Olean Boulevard Port Charlotte, Florida 33952
Phone: 941-764-0660

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