Patient Comments: Head and Neck Cancer - Causes


If known, what was the cause of your head or neck cancer? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Neck Pain, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

The neck pain I had was terrible and limited my physical ability to lift. After 3 years of thinking arthritis, slept on it wrong, pain went away one year for 2 weeks and another year 2 months. It was breast cancer that had spread to cervical spine narrowing nerve spurs and forming tumors. I had 5 hour emergency surgery, front plate and back hardware with donor bone, and radiation. I have new bone growth in my neck and lifting is much better than before, 2 and a half years later. No typical symptoms of breast cancer although that is what it was, and the tumors have not grown. Get ultrasound of breast or mammogram, MRI, etc. I am much better now!

Comment from: trisha2520, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

My laryngeal cancer was caused most likely by smoking. I am not a drinker at all.

Comment from: oncRN, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

My mother died at 62, from head/neck cancer. I had top partial dentures and I kept biting my tongue on same right side spot until I saw deep fissure. I had no other symptoms except pain after that. I don’t smoke or drink alcohol and was diagnosed with T2N0M0 squamous cell carcinoma. If it is relevant I’m an oncology nurse who administered and mixed chemotherapy drugs. Status post tongue cancer is partial glossectomy, neck dissection, removal of right and left lymph nodes, and flap with radiation.

Comment from: Henry, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 30

I have never been a smoker or drinker, the exact cause of my cancer was not determined. I’m not sure if it was related to my employment, I’ve worked 30 years in the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) field, and also spent several years in the radio industry as an announcer. Cancer was at stage four when discovered about a year and a half ago. Treatment seems to have been working, 7 months ago I was diagnosed with lung cancer, and lower portion of my right lung was removed. Cause has not been determined (if it migrated from the head and neck cancer).

Comment from: bmb, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 23

My daughter is 33 years old, healthy, vegetarian, and exercises. One year ago she had vision, directional hearing, and sinus (no allergies) problems. Hearing doctor said hearing is fine, twice. Eye doctor prescribed glasses. Medical doctor said allergies. One year later she fell at work with grand mal seizure. At the emergency room (ER) CT/MRI revealed 6 cm brain tumor in the right temporal lobe. She has mini-seizures daily at work. They estimated stage 1 or 2 glioma 12 weeks ago.


Cancer is the result of the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells anywhere in the body. See Answer