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Warning Signs of Head and Neck Cancer You Need to Know

Best Life Logo By Charlie Duerr of Best Life | Slide 2 of 6: One of the main target areas of head and neck cancer is your pharynx—the hollow passageway that runs from behind your nose to your esophagus. According to the NCI, the most common symptoms include trouble breathing or speaking, pain when swallowing, frequent headaches, ringing in the ears, and trouble hearing. Squamous cell carcinoma, which Caputo was diagnosed with, comprises over 95 percent of oropharyngeal cancers, according to Bradley A. Schiff, MD, of Montefiore Medical Center. And for signs of sickness that many don't know but should, check out 60 Percent of Women Don't Know These Key Cancer Symptoms, Study Says.

1. Pharyngeal cancer

One of the main target areas of head and neck cancer is your pharynx—the hollow passageway that runs from behind your nose to your esophagus. According to the NCI, the most common symptoms include trouble breathing or speaking, pain when swallowing, frequent headaches, ringing in the ears, and trouble hearing. Squamous cell carcinoma, which Caputo was diagnosed with, comprises over 95 percent of oropharyngeal cancers, according to Bradley A. Schiff, MD, of Montefiore Medical Center. And for signs of sickness that many don't know but should, check out 60 Percent of Women Don't Know These Key Cancer Symptoms, Study Says.

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