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What is head and neck cancer?

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Head and neck cancer is a group of cancers that starts in or near your throat, voice box, nose, sinuses, or mouth. Usually, it begins in the cells that line the surfaces of these body parts. Doctors call these squamous cells.

There are five main types of head and neck cancer. They’re named for the specific part of your head or neck they affect. The symptoms are a little bit different for each.

From: Head and Neck Cancer: What to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Head and Neck Cancer -- Overview,” “Understanding Targeted Therapy.”

National Cancer Institute: “Head and Neck Cancers.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Head and Neck Cancer.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on February 01, 2017

SOURCES:

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Head and Neck Cancer -- Overview,” “Understanding Targeted Therapy.”

National Cancer Institute: “Head and Neck Cancers.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Head and Neck Cancer.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on February 01, 2017

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