What are head and neck tumors?

Also known as: Head and neck cancer, head and neck masses, cysts, etc.

Head and neck growths, tumors or masses in children are usually benign (non-cancerous), but can be malignant (a cancer which spreads).

Most of these benign growths are caused by infection, inflammation, fluid collections (cysts) or neoplasms (tumors) that are not life-threatening.

Malignant tumors of the head and neck, while serious and can potentially spread are often treatable. Frequent areas for head and neck masses include the nose/sinuses, throat (tonsils and adenoids), neck (lymph nodes, cysts) or brain, among other areas.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 1/29/2019 3:21:13 PM

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