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A 36-year-old member asked:

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

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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 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?

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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?

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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 21-year-old member asked:

What causes head and neck cancers?

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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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