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A 21-year-old member asked:

What causes head and neck cancers?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 39 years experience
Tobacco usage: Head and neck cancers include cancers involving the throat, tongue, mouth, nose , and sinuses. Cigarette smoking is closely associated with throat cancer and chewing tobacco causes cancer in the mouth. Nasal and sinus cancers happen more often because of genetic predisposition rather than some external irritant like smoke.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Many Causes: Tobacco smoking and chewing is the largest cause of head/neck cancers. A significant number are caused by viruses (epstein barr virus, human pailoma virus); alcohol and less commonly hereitary factors also play a role.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the warning signs of head and neck cancers?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 35 years experience
Avoid tobacco & etoh: Early warning signs are - lump in the neck., change in the voice, painless growth in the mouth, bringing up blood, swallowing problems, changes in the skin, constant pain in or around the ear when you swallow can be a sign of infection or tumor growth in the throat. This is particularly serious if it is associated with difficulty in swallowing, hoarseness, or a lump in the neck. Check with ENT doc.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Are head and neck cancers always terminal?

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Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Prognosis H&N CA: Definitely not! there is obviously a wide range of cancer sites in this classification ranging from voice box, which has a 95% cure rate, to base of tongue, which can be very hard to cure. Cure rates will depend on the location as well as the size and the extent or stage of the cancer.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who is at risk for head and neck cancer?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Variable: Patients at high risk for head/neck cancer are those with history of alcohol use, long-term smoking, tobacco chewing, human papilloma virus infection, chewing betel nuts, chronic use of ill-fitting dentures, and poor dental & oral hygiene.
Dr. Andy Chung
Dr. Andy Chung commented
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Chronic sun exposure may put you at risk for skin cancers of the head and neck
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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the types of head and neck cancer?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Few: Most cancers are squamous cancers from the lining of the head and neck organs. Other types include cancers of the saliva glands and other organs such as thyroid, parathyroid glands.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Is head and neck cancer hereditary?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Uncommon: There can be a genetic predispostion for families to develop cancer but only a few head and neck cancers (thyroid, endorine neoplasms, neurofibromatosis and some others) are inherited.
Last updated Oct 23, 2017

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