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Question: What are the two major risk factors for squamous cell cancer of the head and neck area?

Answer:

Tobacco is the most significant contributing factor to the development of head and neck cancers. Nine of ten patients with cancer in this area are smokers. Snuff dipping and tobacco chewing are important causes of oral cancer. Smokers have an increased mortality related to head and neck cancer once it has been diagnosed, showing a two-fold increase in mortality over nonsmokers.
Alcohol is also strongly correlated with the development of head and neck cancer. About half of the patients with these cancers have cirrhosis, and three quarters drink alcohol excessively.

Reference: Casciato DA, Lowitz BB (eds): Manual of Clinical Oncology, 5th ed. Boston, Little, Brown, 2000.

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