Types of Head and Neck Cancer

Our bodies are made up of cells and their products. Cells are small compartments and usually have a specific job. Groups of cells with the same job form tissues and organs such as skin or muscle. The cells of our body constantly divide in a closely controlled way in order to grow and repair. The DNA of a cell is like a blueprint, it gives the cell instructions on what to make and do. Parts of the DNA that control how much a cell grows and divides. DNA damage can occur in a range of ways and this can lead to a loss of control over the cell. When this control is lost, cells that are abnormal are allowed to grow which forms a lump or tumour. It is important to note that not all lumps are cancer.

Oral cancer

Nasopharyngeal cancer

Oropharyngeal cancer

Laryngeal cancer

Hypopharyngeal cancer

Nasal and sinus cancer

Salivary gland cancer

Skin cancer

Thyroid cancer

Unknown primary cancer