Diagnosing Head and Neck Cancer

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Doctors often first identify a cancer of the head or neck by looking into a patient’s mouth and throat and feeling his or her neck. A biopsy is needed to confirm that a suspicious spot is cancer. Imaging tests such as CT, MRI, and PET scans can help to determine whether the tumor has spread. As surgical oncologist Jatin Shah of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center explains, screening can help find head and neck cancers early, when they are easier to treat.