Rates of cancers that develop in the head and neck are growing in the United States and around the world. In part, this increase can be blamed on the human papillomavirus.
Tonsils are located on either side of the back of throat. They are part of the immune system, but not critical for good health. Today, cancers found in the tonsils are the most common type of head and neck cancer.
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recently tackled the issues of when to screen for prostate and breast cancers. The government-backed agency is now saying there's not enough evidence to recommend or reject oral cancer screening.
One day after announcing that his cancer had returned, Roger Ebert has died. The veteran film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times had battled thyroid and salivary gland cancer for years. He was 70 years old.
Nobody wants to have the HPV virus. It’s been linked to a number of different cancers, including those of the cervix and head and neck. Strangely, though, it may benefit a group of cancer patients.