University of Utah Health Care: Head & Neck Cancer Prevention

Dr. Brandon Bentz, Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon with University of Utah Health Care’s Huntsman Cancer Institute talks about risk factors and prevention.

Head and neck cancers include cancer of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx,
salivary, glands, thyroid, and nasal passages.

The American Cancer Society estimates 7,600 men and women will die of
oral cavity and pharyngeal cancer in the U.S. this year. Screening and early
detection lead to better outcomes for cancers of the head and neck.
Doctors, dentists, and dental hygienists are key to screening for head and
neck cancers.

Risk factors for head and neck cancers

• Tobacco use

• Sun exposure

• Poor diet

• Alcohol use

• Exposure to Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

While there are no screening guidelines for head and neck cancers, it is a good idea to do a self exam of the mouth, lips, and tongue, especially if you use tobacco. You should also ask your dentist or dental hygienist to look for abnormalities during your regular check-ups.

Huntsman Cancer Institute will hold a free screening for mouth and throat cancers on Saturday, April 17.

Patients may call Huntsman Cancer Institute at 801-581-6365 or (toll-free) 888-424-2100 to reserve a spot for the free screening.

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