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Head and neck cancer accounts for about 4% of all cancers in the United States. An estimated 64,690 people will develop head and neck cancer this year. While younger people can develop the disease, most people are older than 50 when they are diagnosed.
WVU Medicine’s oncology specialists are devoted to caring for patients with both cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. We work as a team with surgeons, radiation oncologists, supportive care, and other physicians to ensure that you receive the correct diagnosis and the most advanced care. Though a small number of the country’s population, West Virginians have a higher rate of head and neck cancer than the national average. Head and neck cancer includes cancers of the mouth, nose, sinuses, salivary glands, throat, and lymph nodes in the neck. Most head and neck cancers start in the lining of the mouth, nose and throat. Tobacco and alcohol use are the main causes of most cancers. However, the HPV-virus is a leading cause of cancers that start in the tonsils or at the back of the tongue.
J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, WVU Cancer Institute