HPV causes growing number of head and neck cancers
Surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy are used to treat a variety of head and neck cancers, including cancers of the mouth, tongue, throat, voice box, salivary glands, sinuses or thyroid. Jesse Ryan, MD, is an Upstate ear, nose and throat specialist who explains that exposure as long as two or three decades ago to the human papilloma virus, HPV, can be responsible for the development of cancer today. He says mouth sores that don't get better, a persistent sore throat or voice change, or a lump in the neck that doesn't go away are signs that should be checked out by a doctor. He is encouraged by the current treatment options for head and neck cancers, which are tailored to each individual patient.