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is head and neck cancer hereditary?

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Dr. Dennis Diaz
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
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
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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