Head and Neck Cancer


Video: Head and Neck Cancer Journey

In the U.S. …

an estimated

* new cases

will be diagnosed in 2016.

*oral cavity, pharynx and larynx

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Head and neck cancer is the seventh most common cancer worldwide with an estimated 686,000 new cases diagnosed worldwide each year.

Areas of the head and neck where cancers begin:

  1. Paranasal sinuses & nasal cavity
  2. Oral Cavity
  3. Salivary glands
  4. Larynx
  5. Pharynx

There are two factors that greatly increase the risk of head and neck cancer:

Tobacco Use


Frequent and Heavy Consumption of Alcohol

In fact, 85 percent of head and neck cancer cases are linked to tobacco use.

While tobacco use is the number one risk factor for head and neck cancer, other risk factors include:

  • Prolonged sun exposure
  • Infection with cancer-causing types of human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Race
  • Poor oral/dental hygiene
  • Environmental/occupational Inhalants
  • Poor nutrition
  • Gastroesophageal and laryngopharyngeal reflux diseases
  • Weakened immune system