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Will I develop a new cancer after treatment of my head and neck cancer?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

After treatment for head and neck cancer, approximately 5% of individuals will develop a new, different cancer each year. This peaks at about 4 years - a maximum of approximately 20% of individuals treated for head and neck cancer will develop a second cancer in their lifetime. These new cancers are most commonly located in the head, neck, lungs, or esophagus. The best way to decrease your risk of developing a new cancer is to avoid tobacco and alcohol.

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