Definition Cancer of the throat is cancer of the vocal cords, voice box (larynx), or other areas of the throat. Alternative Names Vocal cord cancer; Throat cancer; Laryngeal cancer; Cancer of the glottis Causes, incidence, and risk factors People who smoke or use tobacco are at risk of developing throat cancer. Excessive alcohol use also increases risk. Smoking and drinking alcohol combined lead to an increased risk for throat cancers. Most cancers of the throat develop in adults older than 50. Men are 10 times more likely than women to develop throat cancers.
<p><strong>What is Oral Cancer?</strong></p>
<p>Oral cancer is a growth of malignant cells in any part of the oral cavity, which includes the lips, tongue, hard and soft palates, salivary glands, lining of the cheeks, floor of the mouth or under the tongue, gums, and teeth. It is often discussed with oropharyngeal cancer, which pertains to cancer of the throat area at the back of the mouth.</p>
<p>The most common site is the lip, followed by the tongue and then other locations. Symptoms vary depending on the location of the cancer but usually include ulcerations that are initially painless. Bleeding may or may not occur. In more advanced stages, the cancer spreads.</p>
<p>Treatment depends on the location and stage of the malignancy and the age and overall health of the patient, but it usually involves surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or both all three. Prognosis is good if the cancer is detected and treated before it h...
<p><strong>What Is Pancreatic Cancer?</strong></p>
<p>Pancreatic cancer, currently the fourth leading cause of death from cancer in the United States, is the growth of malignant cells in the pancreas, a pear-shaped organ located just below and behind the stomach. The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes into the small intestine via the common bile duct, and islet cells of the pancreas secrete hormones (insulin and glucagon) into the blood. Pancreatic cancer impairs the digestive process and may block the bile duct as it grows. A cure is sometimes possible with early diagnosis and surgical removal. However, pancreatic cancer is extremely difficult to diagnose and has usually spread by the time symptoms appear, so cures are uncommon.</p>
<p>Islet cell tumors called insulinomas are much less common. They release excessive amounts of insulin, causing low blood glucose. Only about 10 percent of insulinomas are malignant, and the symptoms of hypogl...
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