Diagnosis

Head and Neck cancer is a general term used for a range of cancers that start in the head and neck of the body. This region includes the mouth, tongue, palate, jaw, salivary glands, tonsils, throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx), nose and sinuses.

To diagnose a head and neck cancer, your GP or dentist may do some general tests and then refer you to a specialist for additional tests. Depending on your symptoms, test will include examinations, tissue sampling (biopsy) and imaging tests. You may also have blood tests. Further tests may be needed to work out whether the cancer has spread. The tests you have will depend on your specific situation. Source: Cancer Council Victoria