Cancers of the head and neck are caused due to lifestyle choices of the person including, but not limited to, tobacco and alcohol use. Other factors such as the human papillomavirus (HPV), sun exposure and poor nutrition can also lead to head and neck cancer.
Cancers of the head and neck are mostly diagnosed late.
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Over 66 percent of all head and neck cancers are discovered at stage 3 or 4. This is because most people do not consider the initial symptoms as red flags and seek medical help only when the symptoms become severe.
Which of the following is NOT a symptom of head and neck cancer?
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Depending on the type of head and neck cancer, there can be various other symptoms including persistent ulcers, ear pain, un-explained lumps in the nose, mouth, neck or throat, frequent nosebleeds, etc. If you have any such unusual symptoms, consult your doctor immediately.
Transoral laser microsurgery is used to operate on cancer of which organ?
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Transoral laser microsurgery lets surgeons operate on tumours which are quite close to the voice box without any external incisions. It also allows for surgery of tumours that are not accessible by robotic surgery. It is a method that allows for maximum speech and swallowing capacity after surgery.
Chewing paan can cause cancer.
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Chewing paan (betel quid), consuming certain preserved or salted foods, having poor oral hygiene, as well as other factors such as occupational exposure including industrial exposure, radiation exposure and sexual activity, can increase the risk of head and neck cancer.