There are a variety of conditions that can cause swelling in front of your ear. These include benign conditions such as cysts, salivary gland conditions, lymph nodes, etc. and some conditions which are more serious such as cancer. The only way to determine the cause of the swelling is to have an examination by a physician and appropriate imaging studies (such as a computed tomography scan or MRI). A determination can then be made regarding the need for additional studies such as a biopsy or additional imaging.
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- Q How common are head and neck cancers?
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