Head and neck cancer is the 8th most common cancer in the UK. It comes in many different forms and most cases are preventable if you eat a healthy diet and avoid risk factors such as smoking.
Types of Head and Neck Cancer
Head and neck cancer is a general term for various different kinds of cancer that can occur in these parts of the body, including:
- Laryngeal cancer in the voice box
- Oesophageal cancer in the throat lining
- Nasal cavity cancer
- Oral cancer in the mouth
- Nasopharyngeal cancer in the passage between the nose and throat
- Salivary gland cancer
How Common is Head and Neck Cancer?
- Approximately 12000 new cases of head and neck cancer are diagnosed in the UK every year
- About 4000 people die of head and neck cancer every year in the UK
- More than 90% of head and neck cancers could have been prevented as they are linked to avoidable risks such as smoking or a diet lacking in fruit and vegetables
Who is at Risk of Head and Neck Cancer?
- Head and neck cancer is more common in men than women, partly due to differences in lifestyle risks
- Smokers are more likely to be affected, with 64% of laryngeal cancers linked to smoking
- 56% of oral cancers are linked to a diet lacking in fruit and vegetables
- Head and neck cancer is most often diagnosed in older people
- 31% more cases are diagnosed in the UK now than in the 1990s