Ulceration of Tonsil due to Cancer

This picture depicts a cancerous ulcer of the tonsillar area with raised edges and a crater.Presenting symptoms are throat pain, ear ache, foreign body sensation of throat, blood stained saliva, difficulty in swallowing and a lump in the neck due to enlargement of lymph nodes. Smokers and alcoholics are prone to get this cancer.Diagnosis is usually late due to late onset of symptoms. A small piece of tissue is taken from the edge of the ulcer and sent for tissue diagnosis.If it is a small cancerous leision, radiotherapy to burn the ulcer has to be started by a doctor who treats cancer.(oncologist) It the cancer is advanced,patient may need major surgery to remove the growth and nodes of the neck. Prevention is always better than cure. Therefore smoking and alcohol consumption should be minimized or completely stopped.