Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week runs through May 14. As part of it, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center has created a centralized information resource to help people learn about risk factors and symptoms of oral, head and neck cancers.
Did you know:
- About 49,260 new cases or oral cavity, pharyngeal and laryngeal cancers occured in 2010, which accounts for about 3% of new cancer cases in the United States.
- 85% of head and neck cancers are linked to tobacco use. People who use both tobacco and alcohol are at greater risk for developing these cancers than people who use either tobacco or alcohol alone.
- The human papillomavirus infection (HPV) is a risk factor for the development of squamous cancers of the oropharynx.
- Thyroid cancer has increased in all races and in both males and females in the past two decades.
- Early detection and treatment are the keys to preventing these cancers.