Head and Neck Cancer and Oral Care According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI; 2005a), nearly 40,000 people were diagnosed with head and neck cancer in the United States in 2005. Statistically, head and neck cancer is more prevalent among men than women and more common in people over the age of 50 (NCI, 2005b). Oral ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2006
Head and Neck Cancer and Oral Care
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  • Brooke L. Blair
    Jewish Home and Hospital Lifecare System, Bronx, NY
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Article   |   December 01, 2006
Head and Neck Cancer and Oral Care
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2006, Vol. 11, 18-20. doi:10.1044/gero11.2.18
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2006, Vol. 11, 18-20. doi:10.1044/gero11.2.18
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI; 2005a), nearly 40,000 people were diagnosed with head and neck cancer in the United States in 2005. Statistically, head and neck cancer is more prevalent among men than women and more common in people over the age of 50 (NCI, 2005b). Oral cancer represents the largest category of head and neck cancers. The term “head and neck cancer” typically refers to tumors arising from the structures of the upper aerodigestive tract (Dietrich-Burns, Messing, & Farrell, 2006). Cancers of the thyroid and parathyroid also are classified under this category, despite the fact that they are not located in the region of the aerodigestive tract (Dietrich-Burns et al.).
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