This year, about 48,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with head and neck cancer.
Head and neck cancer the fifth most common cancer in the US. Despite these figures, head and neck cancers aren’t talked about as often as they should be. That’s why one of the primary missions of the Joan’s Foundation is to increase public awareness about these types of cancer.
90% of head and neck cancers are squamous cell carcinomas (a type of skin cancer), originating from the mucosal lining of the lips, mouth, nasal cavities, paranasal sinuses, pharynx, and larynx.
The good news is that head and neck cancers are highly curable if detected early Early detection saves lives! Dentists are often the front line of defense against HNC. That’s why it’s important to ask your dentist about an oral health screening today.
For more information on head and neck cancers, visit the National Cancer Institute.