Charlton Ear, Nose and Throat Associates

Head and Neck Oncology


One of the most common reasons for adult to seek ENT doctor is the evaluation for head and neck masses. Cancers of oral cavity and pharynx are more common in men than women. Tobacco and alcohol use, advanced age, and male gender are the risk factors most commonly associated with oral and pharyngeal cancers.


Most patients with head and neck cancer present with slow growing neck masses for several months or non-healing oral ulcers for weeks. In general, most benign oral ulcers or lesions will disappear within 2- 4 weeks without medical therapy. If there is a non-healing or growing ulcer in your mouth, medical evaluation and biopsy of the lesion are necessary to rule out the malignancy.