This year, about 65,000 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx and thyroid.
More than 25 percent of oral cancers occur in people who do not smoke or have other risk factors.
Risks for developing head and neck cancers include smoking or smokeless tobacco, alcohol use, and exposure to viruses such as human papilloma virus (HPV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)
Rates of head and neck cancer are nearly twice as high in men and are greatest in men over age 50.
Head and neck cancers arise from the cells that make up the face, mouth and throat. Because cancers in different locations behave differently, treatment depends on the cancer type and extent. Some common locations include:
Treatment for head and neck cancer depends on several factors, including the type of cancer, the size and stage, its location, and your overall health.