While there are several factors that could cause this type of cancer, as much as 85% of head and neck cancer cases are linked to tobacco use. The most important thing you can do for your health is to stop using tobacco. Your body can reverse most of the genetic damage caused by tobacco once you stop using it.
A risk factor is an element of your life that can increase your risk of developing a disease. Although having a risk factor won’t always lead to cancer, it’s important to take steps within your control to reduce your risk.
If you have risk factors for cancer, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center can help. We’re here to support you at any stage of your health care journey.
Risk factors for head and neck cancer include:
Although there is no proven way to prevent head and neck cancer, you may be able to lower your risk. Talk to your doctor or schedule an appointment with Banner MD Anderson’s caring team of experts for more information about your personal risk and cancer prevention.
To reduce your risk for head and neck cancer: