U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
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.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
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.
Dr. John Goldenberg
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
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.

Similar questions

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
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 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.
CA
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
CA
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the chances of surviving a diagnosis of head and neck cancer?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Varied: There are many factors that help determine survivability in head and neck cancer. The type of cancer, its location in the head and neck, the size at time of diagnosis, presence or abscence of lymph nodes, smoking and alcohol status among others (presence of family/social support) are helpful determiners of survival.

Related questions

A 21-year-old member asked:
How are head and neck cancers staged and what, exactly, does that mean?
2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
A 21-year-old member asked:
Besides surgery, how else are head and neck cancers treated?
2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
A 38-year-old member asked:
Is head and neck cancer easy to treat? Can it usually be cured?
3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
A 31-year-old member asked:
Just found out friend has head and neck cancer so what is outcome?
3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
A 49-year-old member asked:
Is anyone enrolled in the multikine trial for head and neck cancer?
2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Last updated Jan 10, 2019

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.