Head and Neck Cancer News

What is Head and Neck cancer?

Cancers that are known collectively as head and neck cancers usually begin in the squamous cells that line the moist, mucosal surfaces inside the head and neck (for example, inside the mouth, the nose, and the throat). These squamous cell cancers are often referred to as squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck. Head and neck cancers can also begin in the salivary glands, but salivary gland cancers are relatively uncommon. Salivary glands contain many different types of cells that can become cancerous, so there are many different types of salivary gland cancer.

Cancers of the head and neck are further categorized by the area of the head or neck in which they begin.

Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of these deaths. In the United States, up to 200,000 people die each year from smoking-related illnesses. The good news is that this figure has decreased due to the increasing number of Americans who have quit smoking. The bad news is that some of these smokers switched to smokeless or spit tobacco, assuming it is a safe alternative.

Novel Vaccine Curbs Brain Tumor Growth, Increases Survival
Apr 25 06


Protein associated with growth of tumors may prevent the spread of cancer
Feb 13 06


Quality of life after treatment for head and neck cancer associated with longer-term survival
Jan 17 06


Target for Therapeutic Drugs to Fight Most Common Adult Brain Cancer
Jan 16 06


Radiotherapy Advance Builds Hope for Noninvasive Brain Cancer Treatment
Jan 02 06


Radiation better than surgery at preserving speech for patients with head and neck cancer
Dec 04 05


Munition exposure linked to brain cancer in US vets
Jul 26 05


HK surgeons upbeat on brain cancer removal method
Jul 21 05


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