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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Awareness --- Oral, Head, Neck Cancer

Oral, head and neck cancer awareness occurs in 2020 during the week of April 13-19 The week is headed by the Head and Neck cancer alliance and is supported by the American Academy of Otolaryngology However, in some areas where cancer screenings would take place have been pushed back til a later date due to the COVID 19 scare. 

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer are normally found in the tongue, throat, and voice box. Head and neck cancer are not limited to those areas and also found in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, thyroid glands, salivary glands, throat or voice box. Moreover, there is an average of 550,000 new cases or oral, head and neck cancers found each year,  with around 110,000 individuals being diagnosed here in the United States. 
Sadly over 1/2 of all cases that are diagnosed will be found in later stages of the disease. 

Individuals more suspectible to this type of cancer include:
  • men who account for two times more of those that have oral, head and neck cancer than women
  • tobacco and alcohol uses are often plagued with mouth and voice box cancers The risk gains if one uses both.
  • If you smoke cigarettes your risk of head and neck cancer are ten times the chance of getting this type of cancer compared to non smoker
  • Chewing tobacco has been proved to cause mouth cancer. In fact the area where the tobacco and / or alcohol use had the most contact is where there is more of a chance for cancer. 
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) leads to 10,000 new cases of oral, head and neck cancer annually. This particular cause may contribute to half of tonsil cancers as well as cancer at the base of the tongue. 
  • Race can play a role in Head and neck cancer. Caucasians are more likely to develop this type of cancer but African Americans are more likely to die from it. 
  • Jobs that see a lot of dust, chemicals etc... in their workforce also see an increased chance of this type of cancer. 

Signs of Cancer include: 
  1. A red or white patch in the mouth or a sore throat can be the first signs of cancers of the mouth and throat.
  2. Hoarseness or a change in the voice can be the first sign of cancer of the voice box.
  3. Signs of oral, head and neck cancer include a sore in your mouth that doesn’t heal; sore throat; lumps or patches in your mouth; trouble swallowing; changes in your voice; and/or a lump in your neck.

Head and neck cancers can be prevented. However, once cancer reaches the lymph nodes it will be more likely to spread through the body. The most common way of treating include surgery and radiation therapy which will also stop the stpread of cancer by killing or removing the cancerous cells. 

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  1. Something most people don't think about.

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by as often as you do!! Hope you had a Happy Easter!!


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