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Does oral and anal sex really cause head/neck cancer as well as anal cancer? Are there risks involved if both parties are HPV free and monagomous?

Does oral and anal sex really cause head/neck cancer as well as anal cancer? Are there risks involved if both parties are HPV free and monagomous?

Yes: Anal cancer and some types of head/neck cancer (mainly tonsil) are caused by hpv. If both parties are hpv free and monogamous then the risk would likely decrease, however studies of cervical samples in female college students show a very high rate of exposure at some point. So, monogamy at present wouldn't necessarily mean that there hadn't been prior exposure. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Hpv (Definition)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are over 100 different types of HPV that causes warts in different areas of the body. HPV is incredibly common and almost all sexually active men and women get it during their lifetime. Most of the time HPV does not cause any symptoms or complications. However, A limited number of these HPV viruses are pathogenic and if not monitored carefully can be responsible for causing cervical and penile cancer. Some of these viruses have been ...Read more


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Is HPV a cause of head and neck cancer and does this mean it is an std?

Is HPV a cause of  head and neck cancer and does this mean it is an std?

Yes: Hpv is one of the factor in oropharyngeal cancers, alcohol and tobacco being more important. It is a sexually transmitted disease but oral infections is acquired usually through kissing, which is generally not considered sexual activity. ...Read more

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What are the types of head and neck cancer?

What are the types of head and neck cancer?

Many: The world health organization shows about 28 different types of salivary gland tumors, 35 thyroid gland tumors, 40 sinonasal tract tumors, about 18 larynx tumors, a dozen or more ear tumors. So -- while squamous cell carcinoma accounts for the majority of tumors, there are "hundreds" of tumor types in the head and neck. ...Read more

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Will keeping my cellphone under my pillow eventually give me head or neck cancer?

Will keeping my cellphone under my pillow eventually give me head or neck cancer?

Not that we know: There has been no proven information that cancer is caused be cellphones. However why take the chance and don't put it under your pillow. ...Read more

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Are frequent and intense migraines reason to worry that I might have head or neck cancer?

Are frequent and intense migraines reason to worry that I might have head or neck cancer?

It depends: Have you officially been diagnosed with migraine headaches? Has the frequency or severity changed and gotten worse lately? Do the headaches wake you from sleep and are unrelieved by pain meds? It is difficult to say without knowing more about your situation. This is why it is vital to get a diagnosis from a physician, to make certain it is not something else. ...Read more

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What's the prognosis for someone who had head and neck cancer that could not all be removed at surgery?

What's the prognosis for someone who had head and neck cancer that could not all be removed at surgery?

Not as good: Unresectable or partially resected head/neck cancer can be effectively treated with combined chemotherapy & radiotherapy in most cases; however, the results are not as good as desired. Generally, it is harder to get a complete response to treatment and often the cancer recurrs locally or spreads elsewhere. Close follow-up is required and long-term survivors in 20-40% cases are present. ...Read more

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Is head and neck cancer hereditary?

Is head and neck cancer hereditary?

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. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for head and neck cancer?

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. ...Read more

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

Dr. David Kam Dr. Kam
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Can there be a proper name for head and neck cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Is head and neck cancer easy to treat? Can it usually be cured?

Is head and neck cancer easy to treat? Can it usually be cured?

Challenge: The treatment of head and neck cancer often involves surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotheapy either alone or most often in combination. Most are managed by a multidisiplinary team consisiting of surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, swallowing and voice therapists, social workers among others. There are many successes in the treatment of head and neck cancers these days. ...Read more

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Just found out friend has head and neck cancer so what is outcome?

Dr. Ted Leem Dr. Leem
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Depends: Outcomes in head and neck cancer depend on the overall stage of the cancer. Staging is dependent on tumor size, lymph nodes involved, if the tumor has spread, and other factors. ...Read more

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Is anyone enrolled in the multikine trial for head and neck cancer?

Is anyone enrolled in the multikine trial for head and neck cancer?

Check website: I believe you are asking about this trial. Please check out this website for more info and participating institutions. http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/nct01265849?term=multikine+head+and+neck;rank=1. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a person live with head and neck cancer?

Cancer: Life expectancy is really based on the cancer type, the amount of spread and the response to treatment given. The oncologist treating this disorder would be the best source of information in answering this question. ...Read more

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

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

Depends: Head and neck cancer, since it usually presents earlier than other cancers, is in general quite treatable either by surgery, chemotherapy or radiation or a combination. The smaller the lesion the better the cure rates. It is rare for these cancers to be asymptomatic. Hoarseness, throat pain, trouble swallowing, ear pain and throat pain together all are warning symptoms. Smokers and drinkers beware. ...Read more

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Does meningitis suggest the possibility of malignancy of a head or neck cancer?

Does meningitis suggest the possibility of malignancy of a head or neck cancer?

No: I can conjure a specific odd situation where it could, but meningitis is bacterial, common in kids with specific bacteria, and epidemically with mengococcus. There are also terminal phases of some malignancies where malignant cells infest the meninges and cause symptoms. ...Read more

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What advice can you offer to help me live with the effects of head and neck cancer?

What advice can you offer to help me live with the effects of head and neck cancer?

Many options: Living after treatment requires attention to rehabilitation (swallowing & speech therapy, voice prosthesis if needed); supportive care for chronic side effects (salagen or exovac for mouth dryness, neck or oral exercises for radiation side effects); long-term dental and oral care; lifestyle changes (diet modification- less fat/red meat, more veggies; quit alcohol & smoking; regular exercise, etc). ...Read more

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6 weeks after cancer treatment of neck cancer, there is a knot on the back of my head. should i be concerned? follow up visit in 2 weeks. thx.

Dr. Le Wang Dr. Wang
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6 weeks after cancer treatment of neck cancer, there is a knot on the back of my head.  should i be concerned?  follow up visit in 2 weeks.  thx.

Have it checked.: Is this knot new or was there before? Mention this to your doctor in your follow-up visit and have it checked. ...Read more

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Head and neck cancer use mouthwash more than toothpaste?

Head and neck cancer use mouthwash more than toothpaste?

Use both: It is extremely important to keep your mouth healthy during cancer treatment. You should brush 3 times a day floss 2 times a day and ask your dentist for a flouride gel or mouthwash with flouride in it. Act rinse or the generic equivalent is in drug stores over the counter. ...Read more

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If I have a lump on my neck, should I be worried about head and neck cancer?

Not always: A lump in the neck can be due to infection, fatty tumor, enlarged salivary gland, and sometimes due to cancer too. A lump which continues to grow in a high-risk person (male, smoker, alcohol user, tobacco chewing, poor oral hygiene/dentition) without any signs of infection should raise concerns. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more