Head And Neck Cancer Specialist

Fiyin Sokoya, MD -  - Facial Plastic Surgeon

Fiyin Sokoya, MD

Double Board Certified Head and Neck Surgeon, Facial Plastic Surgeon in Atlanta, GA

Head and neck cancer accounts for an estimated 4% of all cancers in the United States. If you need surgical treatment for head and neck cancer, Fiyin Sokoya, MD, will customize a plan to your unique needs. Dr. Sokoya specializes in treating all types of head and neck cancers and can also address melanomas of the skin to prevent them from spreading to other areas of your body. To schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment options for head and neck cancer, call the office of Fiyin Sokoya, MD, with locations in the Atlanta, GA area or book an appointment online today.

Head and Neck Cancer

What is head and neck cancer?

Head and neck cancer describes cancerous cells that begin or spread to areas of your head or neck. Dr. Sokoya specializes in treating a variety of head and neck cancers, including oropharyngeal, nasopharyngeal, laryngeal, and pharyngeal tumors, and cancers of the:

  • Skin
  • Thyroid
  • Oral cavity
  • Salivary glands
  • Oropharynx
  • Larynx
  • Pharynx

Your risk for these types of cancers increases if you use alcohol or tobacco, have a family history of cancer, have been exposed to radiation, or experienced viral infections like human papillomavirus (HPV) and Epstein Barr virus.

Tanning beds and ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can also increase your risk for skin malignancies in your face, neck, and head.

If you work in the textile, ceramic, logging, or food processing industries, the environment you work in can increase your risk for nasopharyngeal cancers.

What are the symptoms of head and neck cancer?

Symptoms of head and neck cancers can vary from person to person. Some of the common symptoms that need a diagnostic evaluation include:

  • Mouth lumps or sores
  • Bleeding gums
  • Ear pain
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Nosebleeds
  • Facial pain
  • Trouble speaking

If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule a diagnostic evaluation with Dr. Sokoya as soon as possible.

How is head and neck cancer treated?

In many cases, surgery is necessary to treat different types of head and neck cancer. This type of surgery requires a surgeon like Dr. Sokoya, who has extensive knowledge of the intricate anatomy of the head and neck, as well as experience with the pathophysiology of the disease.

Dr. Sokoya takes a multidisciplinary approach to care and coordinates with highly skilled medical and radiation oncologists to provide the most cutting-edge care for your needs. He also collaborates with pharmacists, physical therapists, speech pathologists, and other specialists to provide the most holistic and personal care possible.

How can I prevent head and neck cancer?

In addition to treating cancer, Dr. Sokoya provides resources to reduce your risk for head and neck cancer. He can help you quit smoking, limit your alcohol use, and protect your skin from the sun using high-quality sunscreens.

Dr. Sokoya also recommends regular visits with your dentist to protect your oral health.

If you need treatment for head and neck cancer, call the office of Fiyin Sokoya, MD, nearest you to schedule a consultation or book one online today.