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Question of the Week

This Week’s Question:


Worldwide, how many new cases of oral head and neck cancer are diagnosed each year?

Answer: >550,000

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Previous “Question of the Week” and answers:

02/01/2018:  Question: What are the names of the three middle ear bones?  Answer: Malleus, Incus and Stapes

02/08/2018:  Question: By 2020, the National Cancer Institute predicts that approximately how many people will have been diagnosed with head and neck cancer?                       Answer: 300,000

02/16/2018:  Question: What are two major risk factors for head and neck cancer?  Answer: tobacco and alcohol use

02/22/2018:  Question: What is one of the most distressing side effects of treatment for patients with head and neck cancer? Answer: Oral Mucositis

03/01/2018:  Question: What does the acronym FESS stand for?  Answer: Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

03/08/2018:  Question: Cancers of the Head and Neck amount for what percent of all cancers in the US?  Answer: 6%

03/15/2018:  Question: True or False? Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is responsible for the rise in cancers of the oropharynx (tonsil and base of tongue) in younger non-smokers and is related to oral sex. The more oral sex partners, the greater the risk of HPV cancer. Answer: True

03/22/2018:  Question: True or False? Cigarette smoking increases your risk of head and neck cancer by 15 times compared to a non-smoker.  Answer: True

03/29/2018: Question: How many billions of dollars are spent in the United States each year on the treatment of head and neck cancers? Answer: 3.2 Billion

04/05/2018:  Question: What percent of people with head and neck cancers have very advanced cases by the time they first see a doctor?  Answer:  50%

04/12/2018:  Question: Approximately how many patients are diagnosed with oral head and neck cancer each year in the United States? Answer: 11,000

04/19/2018:  Question: True or False?  Only 1 in 20 thyroid nodules are cancerous.  Answer: True

04/26/2018:  Question:  Who is diagnosed with head and neck cancer more: men, or women?  Answer:  Men are diagnosed with head and neck cancers about twice as often as women.

05/03/2018:  Question:  Cancers of the nose and sinuses are rare. Approximately how many people develop these cancers every year? Answer:  2000 people are diagnosed each year