Head & Neck Cancers

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Head & Neck Cancers Facts

Most head and neck cancers are found in people over age 40. Men are two to three times more likely than women to have head and neck cancer, although rates in women have been rising along with their growing use of tobacco and alcohol. The number of cases related to HPV, the same virus that causes cervical cancer in women, seems also on the rise.

Patients at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) have access to the advanced care of the Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Center at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) that attracts hundreds of new patients each year and performs complex reconstructions with great results. In 80 percent or more of the cases, the doctors can save a patient's larynx or voice box.

Every year, some 350 new head and neck cancer patients are evaluated at UWMC. A multidisciplinary Head and Neck Tumor Board, which includes head and neck surgeons, reconstructive surgeons, dental surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, neuroradiologists,, meets weekly to discuss the cases and come up with the best treatment plan for each patient. In the United States, about 48,000 people will be diagnosed this year.

If cancer is limited to the lining of your mouth and throat, it is called carcinoma in situ. When the cancer penetrates the surface lining, it's called invasive squamous cell carcinoma. If it arises from glands below the surface lining, it is called adenocarcinoma, adenoid cystic carcinoma, or mucoepidermoid carcinoma.
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Symptoms, Diagnosis, Risk Factors

Symptoms, diagnosis, and risk factors of head and neck cancers.