Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

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April is an important month as we also focus our awareness on Oral, Head and Neck cancer month.

10 Facts you need to  know  about Oral, Head and Neck cancer

  1. Oral, Head and Neck Cancer most commonly refers to squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue, throat, and voice box.  However, often, head and neck cancer also refers to other types of cancer that arises in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, thyroid glands, salivary glands, throat, or voice box.
  2. Tobacco and alcohol use are the leading causes of mouth and voice box cancers.
  3. Approximately 50,000 people are diagnosed with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer every year in the United States. Over 100,000 when you include thyroid cancer.
  4. Signs of Oral, Head and Neck Cancer: a sore in your mouth that doesn’t heal, sore throat, lumps or patches in your mouth, trouble swallowing, changes in your voice, and a lump in your neck.
  5. Because of the location of head and neck cancer, it often affects breathing, eating, drinking, voice, speaking, and appearance.
  6. Thyroid cancer can develop in anyone, although there often is a family history or exposure to radiation involved. Salivary glands also do not seem to be related to any particular cause.
  7. Treatment of head and neck cancers requires the assistance of many different professionals, such as surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, dentists, nutritionists, and speech therapists.
  8. Most head and neck cancers can be prevented.
  9. In the US, a new head and neck cancer case is diagnosed every 10 minutes.
  10. 66% of the time, oral cancers will be found as late stage three and four diseases.

Source: Head and Neck Cancer Alliance