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Head, Neck and Throat Cancer Symptoms

Published: 2009-04-02 - Updated: 2022-09-26
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Synopsis: Information regarding symptoms of head and neck carcinoma, cancer tumors in the head or neck region. Head and neck cancers are strongly associated with environmental and lifestyle risk factors, including tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption, and certain sexually transmitted human papillomavirus strains. Head and neck cancer is highly curable if detected early, usually with surgery, although chemotherapy and radiation therapy may also play an important role.

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Head and Neck Cancers

Head and neck cancers are a group of biologically similar cancers originating from the upper aerodigestive tract, including the lip, mouth, nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, pharynx, and larynx that affect more than 45,000 individuals in the U.S. each year.

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The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) has included "Head and Neck Cancers - with distant metastasis or inoperable or unresectable" in its Compassionate Allowance Program, which expedites certain disability conditions claims.

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Head and neck cancers are strongly associated with environmental and lifestyle risk factors, including tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption, and certain sexually transmitted human papillomavirus strains. Using tobacco or alcohol increases your risk. Eighty-five percent of head and neck cancers are linked to tobacco use, including smoking and smokeless tobacco.

Head and neck cancers symptoms include:

The following may be used to diagnose the disease: physical exam and history, endoscopy, laboratory tests including blood and urine analysis, x-rays, CT scan, biopsy, MRI, and PET scan.

Head and neck cancer are highly curable if detected early, usually with surgery, although chemotherapy and radiation therapy may also play an important role.

Treatment may include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. These treatments may affect eating, speaking, or even breathing.

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