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Head and neck cancer refers to a group of diseases that most often begin in the mucus membranes of the nose, mouth, and throat. It makes up about three percent of all cancer cases in the U.S.
At Dignity Health, our highly trained oncologists offer care for a range of head and neck cancers in the Bay Area:
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Head and neck cancer symptoms begin early on, making it highly treatable. These include:
These symptoms are also common with other conditions. Talk with your doctor for a diagnosis.
Researchers know that certain factors increase the risk of developing head and neck cancer.
Risk factors include:
You can take an active role in prevention by lowering your risk factors — mainly by not smoking.
Treatment depends on the type, location, and stage of the disease. Dignity Health doctors may use a combination of treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and targeted therapy.
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