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RJ Casasola
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Volume 40: Issue 4: 2010




Head  and  neck  cancer  is  traditionally  thought  of  as  being  a  disease associated  with  alcohol  and  tobacco  abuse  and  deprivation.  It  was  the  fourth most common cancer in males in Scotland in 2000 and just over 1,000 cases were diagnosed in 2007. As smoking becomes less prevalent, a fall in the incidence of head and neck cancer could be anticipated; however, increasing evidence of other aetiological  factors  contributing  to  the  diagnosis  of  head  and  neck  cancer, particularly  oropharyngeal  cancer  in  non-smoking,  little-drinking  populations,  is impacting on that perception. This review will aim to look at current aetiological factors  for  head  and  neck  cancer,  along  with  current  therapeutic  modalities  in treatment of this disease.