Oropharyngeal cancers - symptoms and how to test
Head and neck cancers include oropharyngeal cancer. Cancers affecting the oral cavity, nose, pharynx, larynx (voice box), trachea, and oesophagus can sometimes arise together. Oral cavity malignancies are primarily squamous cell carcinomas. Men are twice as likely as women to have this malignancy. It happens to both African Americans and Caucasians in roughly the same numbers. On average, a diagnosis is made among people 62 and older. Individuals younger than 55 account for around 25% of all cases of oropharyngeal cancer. Due to the increased risk of oesophagal cancer in patients with oral and oropharyngeal malignancies, your doctor may decide to request the screening. Examining the patient's swallowing function can also help determine whether or not the malignancy is creating any difficulties.