Quiz: Head & Neck Cancer

  1. Cancers that begin in glandular cells are called squamous cell carcinomas.
  2. The salivary glands are in several places: under the tongue, in front of the ears, and under the jawbone, as well as in other parts of the upper digestive tract.
  3. The three parts of pharynx are nasopharynx, oropharynx, and larynx.
  4. Voicebox is a short passageway formed by cartilage just below the pharynx in the neck.
  5. Cancers of the scalp, skin, muscles, and bones of the head and neck are also usually not considered cancers of the head and neck.
  6. Head and neck cancers account for 6 percent of all cancers in the United States.
  7. Head and neck cancers are more common only in men over age 50.
  8. Tobacco and alcohol use are the most important risk factors for head and neck cancers.