“We’re also now seeing patients who don’t have any obvious risk factors,” he said.
The surgeon explained: “As we’re seeing more and more patients where there isn’t an obvious cause, it’s so important that we raise awareness of head and neck cancer so that patients know what to look out for and see a doctor when they recognise a potential symptom.”
How is head and neck cancer treated?
According to Mr Fry, head and neck cancer treatment can be quite “complex” and is run through a multi-disciplinary team (a team of doctors who assess a patient’s condition together and discuss the best course of treatment).
“The main treatment is usually surgery with possible radiotherapy depending on the stage of the cancer.”