A 21-year-old member asked:
who is at risk for head and neck cancer?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Ritesh Rathore answered
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
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.
Answered on Sep 9, 2012
Dr. Raja Mudad answered
31 years experience Medical Oncology
SMOKERS: Smoking and drinking are the biggest risk factors for head and neck cancer. Chewing tobacco also increases the risk. Human papilloma virus is now becoming another risk factor.
Answered on Mar 12, 2020
Dr. Hassan Arshad answered
15 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Several risks: The majority of people who get squamous cell cancer of head and neck have a strong history of tobacco use (either smoking or chewing) and/or alcohol use. Certain throat cancers can be caused by a virus called hpv. There are other less common cancers that have other risk factors. The best thing you can do to reduce your risk is to eliminate tobacco use and moderate your alcohol consumption.
Answered on Feb 18, 2014
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