The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 40,000 individuals are diagnosed with head and neck cancers a year.
Sometimes called ENT (ear, nose and throat) cancers, head and neck cancers include tumors found in the following areas:
- Oral cavity: lips, tongue, teeth, gums, mouth
- Oropharynx: the back third of the tongue, the back of the throat and the tonsils
- Nasopharynx: the area behind the nose
- Larynx: voice box and vocal cords
Oral and laryngeal cancers are the most frequently occurring cancer of the head and neck area. About half of head and neck cancers occur in the oral cavity and a third occur in the larynx.
Head and Neck Cancer Symptoms
Typical symptoms of head and neck cancer include a lump or sore (for example, in the mouth) that does not heal, a sore throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing and a change or hoarseness in the voice.
Head and Neck Cancer Risk Factors
- Tobacco use (smoking or smokeless tobacco)
- Alcohol consumption
- Exposure to the sun
- Evaluation & Treatment
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