A 29-year-old member asked:
is head and neck cancer hereditary?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Dennis Diaz answered
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Ritesh Rathore answered
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Usually not: Head/neck cancers are typically environmentally driven- smoking, alcohol, tobacoo chewing, virus infections (hpv and ebv virus) are the causative factors. Some head/neck cancers such as thyroid cancers can be hereditary though.
Answered on Jan 10, 2019
Dr. John Goldenberg answered
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: Head and neck cancer typically refers to squamous cell cancer in the mouth/throat region and is not hereditary. More ofter associated with smoking, alcohol consumption, and hpv infection.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015
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