It may be a sore throat that doesn’t go away, or a change in the hoarseness of your voice. Maybe you’re having a difficulty time swallowing or feel lumps that won’t go away—all of these scenarios are symptoms of head and neck cancers.
Next week–April 8th through the 15th– is National Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. Dr. Richard Cannon works in oncology and surgery at Huntsman Cancer Institute. He joined us in studio to talk more about head and neck cancer.
He says tobacco, heavy alcohol use, and infection with Human Papillomavirus (HPV) increases the risk of getting head and neck cancer.
It may seem obvious, but head and neck cancers start in the tissues and organs of the head and neck. That includes cancers of the voice box, throat, lips, mouth, nose, and salivary glands, Dr. Cannon said.
“They account for approximately four percent of all cancers in the US and are twice as common among men than they are women,” he added.
Dr. Cannon says people over the age of 50 are diagnosed more often.
Treatment can include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy or a combination of treatments.
For more about the Huntsman Cancer Institute click here.