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The warning signs for head and neck cancer are:
- a non-healing sore in the mouth or throat;
- persistent throat pain, especially on just one side;
- persistent ear pain without ear infection;
- difficulty swallowing or speaking;
- persistent nosebleeds;
- weight loss in combination with some
Skin cancer is by far the most common cancer, and the incidence of melanoma, the most dangerous of skin cancers, have risen much faster than the other cancers over the last few decades.
Despite the fact that there is more public awareness about the dangers of excessive sun exposure and tanning,...Read More
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates there were 68,720 new cases of melanoma and 8,650 deaths from melanoma in the United States in 2009. The lifetime risk of developing melanoma, says the ACS is about 1 in 50 for whites, 1 in 1,000 for blacks and 1 in 200 for Hispanics.
According to the...Read More
To reduce the risk of melanoma, try not to burn, and avoid tanning salons and intentional sun tanning. Avoiding prolonged periods of direct sun exposure to the skin, using sunscreen when you are in the sun and avoiding tanning beds are the most powerful and effective ways to prevent melanoma and other skin cancers. Frequent blistering sun burns, particularly earlier in life, have been shown to increase the risk of melanoma. &...Read More
Right at the top of the list of risk factors for melanoma is to avoid is tanning beds.
Tanning beds are a source of ultraviolet A (UVA) rays, and there is a direct correlation between UVA exposure and an increased risk for developing melanoma.
According to the National Cancer Institute, part of...Read More
Smoking is the biggest risk factor for head and neck cancer in the United States. The more one smokes, the greater the risk (number of years and number of cigarettes). Alcohol definitely adds to this risk further. In the U.S., 75% to 80% of those with head and neck cancer are smokers and/or alcohol...Read More
The human papilloma virus (HPV) is a risk factor for the development of head and neck cancer, especially at the base of tongue and tonsils. We are now just beginning to recognize this and its implications. The rate of these cancers are going up 5% to 10% per year, most notably in younger, white,...Read More