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Head and neck cancer: What increases your risk, prevention tips!

Head and neck cancer is a group of cancers that start developing in or around the throat, larynx, nose, sinuses, salivary glands and mouth. These cancers are more common in men and in the elderly.

Health experts said that head and neck cancers account for more than 5.5 lakh of the total 8 lakh cancer cases diagnosed in India every year, putting the country in the sixth place worldwide.

People with head and neck cancer may develop the following signs and symptoms -

Pain in the mouth or trouble swallowing

A lump or sore that does not heal

Swelling in the mouth or jaw

Persistent sore throat

Red or white patches on your gums, tongue or mouth

Facial swelling

Trouble breathing

Blood in the saliva or phlegm

Lossening of teeth

Change in the voice

Weight loss


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