Smoking is related to the development of head and neck cancer. Individuals who smoke have at least a 10 times greater risk for developing cancer of the mouth, throat and voice box than someone who does not smoke. Other risk factors include extensive use of alcohol, exposure to radiation, and with skin cancers, exposure to excessive sunlight, especially in fair-skinned individuals.
Moffitt Cancer Center Screening and Prevention focuses on helping people determine their risk for cancer, finding cancers early – when they are most treatable – or preventing them entirely. It is the first stop when it comes to eliminating cancer in our community.