Leading Research into Head & Neck Cancer

Risk factors of head and neck cancer

If you have a persistent lump, sore throat or voice changes then always contact your GP - early diagnosis is vital.

Drinking alcohol and smoking

Smoking tobacco and drinking a lot of alcohol are high risk factors for cancer of the larynx in the Western world.

HPV infection

Human papillomavirus, abbreviated as ‘HPV’, is a very common virus that will infect the majority of people at some point in their life. The incidence of HPV-related head and neck cancer is increasing rapidly worldwide. Patients with HPV-related head and neck cancer are generally younger, in good health, and may not have a typical history of tobacco and/or alcohol abuse. Worldwide it is estimated that of all patients with oropharyngeal cancer, HPV is responsible in 18.5%-90%. The range worldwide varies due to cultural differences, range in medical practice standards and diagnosis rates per country.

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Every day in the UK, 40 people are diagnosed with head and neck cancer.

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