A neck mass is a strange lump in the neck. Neck masses can be any size—quite significant to see and feel, or they can be very small.
A neck mass might be a symptom of an infection, or it might show a medical condition. It is not necessarily cancer, it can be benign, yet it implies you may require a proper examination to get a precise diagnosis.
A doctor may perform an endoscopy to take a closer look at the neck mass and may order specific tests such as CT, MRI, or PET scan to help diagnose the mass. A biopsy might be needed to diagnose the neck mass to see whether it’s cancerous or benign.
If the neck mass is found to be cancerous, treatment options will include surgery followed by chemotherapy or radiation therapy. If the mass is benign, the doctor could suggest surgery to prevent future complications.