What You Need To Know About Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month. This time is dedicated to educating the public on the cancerous diseases that impact this region of the body. Many people get involved by events like walks, auctions, galas, workshops and more. At this uncertain time, we are socially distancing, so we’ve decided to do our part by sharing information about the topic. Below, we will educate you on the risk factors and statistics of oral, head and neck cancers.  

What is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer?

Oral Cancer generally shows up in the mouth region including the lips, cheeks, tongue, mouth floor, throat, and sinuses.

Head and Neck Cancer refers to the cancers that develop in the larynx, throat, lips, mounth, nose and salivary glands. 

Statistics:

  • In the U.S., head and neck cancers account for nearly 4 percent of all cancers. 
  • 75 percent of all oral cancers occur in smokers and regular drinkers.
  • Men face twice the risk of developing oral cancer.
  • Men 50 years and older are at the greatest risk. 

What Causes Oral, Head and Neck Cancer? 

Although older males have are at a greater risk for oral, head and neck cancers, there are additional factors that can contribute to developing cancer in this area of the body. Some of these risk factors include: 

  • Smoking
  • Smokeless tobacco users
  • Excessive consumption of alcohols
  • Genetics/ Ancestry
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Poor oral hygiene

Common Oral, Head and Neck Cancers 

  • Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer 
  • Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Hypopharyngeal Cancer
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Throat Cancer
  • Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity Cancer

Cancer Treatment Options

Screenings are an important step in preventing the development of oral, head and neck cancers. For those who have been diagnosed with one of these types of cancers, there are multiple treatment options. Some of these include surgery, targeted therapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination.

At Rosetta Radiology, we specialize in imaging and radiation oncology services. If you are looking for radiation therapy in Manhattan to treat your oral, head and neck cancer, speak with one of board-certified radiologists today.