Public knows little about head and neck cancers: study

By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Few Americans know the signs and symptoms of head and neck cancers, a new study shows. What’s more, only about one in eight is aware that some of the cancers can be linked to human papillomavirus, or HPV. The sexually transmitted infection is better known for causing cervical cancer in women, but is also behind an increase in the rate of throat cancer, particularly among men. “Public awareness of head and neck cancer is really, really low, and that is probably harming people because they’re not aware of the risk factors and symptoms,” senior author Dr. Benjamin Judson, from the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut told Reuters Health.
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