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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
Sep 9, 2012
Dr. Raja Mudad
Medical Oncology 33 years experience
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.
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
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.

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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.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can there be a proper name for head and neck cancer?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Kam
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
No: Head and neck cancer includes all cancer that can occur in the head and neck region excluding the brain. It includes all skin cancers, lymphoma, sarcoma, sqamous cell carcinoma and many others.
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A 33-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: Head and neck cancer?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hushang Haghighat
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Mass: It is growing mass that could be causing headache ,and could diagnose with biopsy on neck mass or CT /MRI of head
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.

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