Head & Neck

Each year, more than 40,000 people are diagnosed with cancer of the structures of the head and neck, including the mouth, larynx, nose, sinuses, throat, tonsils, tongue, thyroid and parathyroid.

Oral and head and neck cancers are often found during routine dental or medical exams. Your doctor may notice a swelling or lump in your throat or face; or your dentist may detect a sore that won’t heal. Other symptoms such as hoarseness, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, pain or neck swelling may be the first signs of a problem. Tobacco use, alcohol use and human papillomavirus infection are leading risk factors. Head and neck cancers are nearly twice as common among men as they are among women, and are diagnosed more often among people over age 50 than they are among younger populations.

Because head and neck cancers often mimic non-cancerous conditions – and have similar symptoms – it’s important to see a doctor if symptoms persist for more than two weeks. With early detection and intervention, most head and neck cancers can be cured.

Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Associates provides a wealth of knowledge, innovation and expertise in dealing with virtually every aspect of the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the head and neck, including:

  • Oral cancer of the mouth and tongue
  • Cancer of the soft palate, tonsils, base of tongue
  • Cancer of the larynx
  • Cancer of the pharynx (throat)
  • Cancer of the nasal cavity and sinuses
  • Salivary gland cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
In the OSF Center for Health

8600 N. State Rt. 91
Suite 300
Peoria, IL 61615

Ph: (309) 691-6616
Fax: (309) 691-2943
OSF Voice & Swallowing
Disorders Center

8600 N. State Rt. 91
Suite 350
Peoria, IL 61615

Ph: (309) 683-5080
In the Morton Medical Center

1600 S. 4th Ave.
Suite 120
Morton, IL 61550

Ph: (309) 284-0164
Fax: (309) 266-9716