Cancer of the head and neck is more common in men than in women and is more common in people over 55 years old than in younger people.

 
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- What is head and neck cancer?  
- How does cancer arise?
- What causes head and neck cancer?  
- Can cancer of the head and neck be cured?  
- Symptoms of head and neck cancer  
- Referral to a specialist
- Diagnosis of head and neck cancer  
- Stage and grade of cancer  
- Treatment for head and neck cancer  
- Follow-up after treatment  
- Clinical trials
 

Cancers of the
        head and neck

Cancers of the head and neck include cancers that occur in any of the tissues or organs in the head and neck. Most head and neck cancers are the type of cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. These cancers begin in the cells that line the nose, mouth or throat, or cover the surface of the tongue.

This website focuses on cancers called squamous cell carcinomas that occur in the oral cavity (mouth), throat (pharynx), larynx (voice box), and nose.