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About three percent of all cancer cases in the US are head and neck cancers. Most start in the cells of the mucous membranes, or moist lining, of the nose, mouth, and throat.
Types of head and neck cancer include:
Trust your diagnosis, treatment, and recovery for head and neck cancer in Sacramento and the surrounding areas to the expert team at Dignity Health Cancer Institute of Greater Sacramento. Find a Doctor or call 888.800.7688 to learn more about the exceptional care we offer our cancer patients, including our nurse navigator program, multidisciplinary approach, and state-of-the-art cancer centers.
Unlike some other cancers, head and neck cancers tend to cause symptoms early in the disease. This improves early detection and is the key to successful treatment.
Symptoms of head and neck cancer include:
It’s important to keep in mind that these symptoms could be signs of other, less serious conditions. However, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor at Dignity Health to get an accurate diagnosis.
Health experts have identified some risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing head and neck cancer. Tobacco use in any form is the biggest one, playing a role in 85 percent of cases.
Other risk factors include:
Your head and neck cancer treatment options depend on the specific cancer, as well as its location and stage. A combination of therapies often yields the best outcome. Using the latest methods, treatment options at Dignity Health include:
Prevention strategies focus on changing risk factors under your control. Stopping smoking is the most important step you can take to reduce your risk of head and neck cancer.