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Throat Cancer Prevention

Throat Cancer Screening

Cancer screening exams are important medical tests done when you're at risk but don't have symptoms. They help find cancer at its earliest stage, when the chances for successful treatment are highest.

Unfortunately, no standardized screening tests have shown to improve throat cancer outcomes. However, here at MD Anderson, we're working to develop screening tests for those at risk.

Throat Cancer Risk Factors

Anything that increases your chance of getting throat  cancer is a risk factor. People who smoke, especially those who drink alcohol, are at the most at risk for developing throat cancer. Read more about MD Anderson's smoking cessation clinical trials.

Another risk factor for oropharynx cancer is infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), which is spread through sexual contact, particularly oral sex.

Other risk factors include:

  • Gender: Men are up to five times more likely to get cancer of the throat than women
  • Race: African American men have the highest risk
  • Age: Most cases occur over the age of 65
  • Exposure to certain chemicals, including nickel, asbestos and sulfuric acid fumes

If you have been diagnosed with throat cancer, we're here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • Minimally invasive and endoscopic surgical techniques for throat cancer, including robotic and laser surgery through the mouth
  • Special expertise in reconstructive surgery for throat cancer
  • Innovative methods to retain and restore speech after throat cancer
  • Nationally known research center that offers multiple clinical trials

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Throat Cancer Prevention

The most important thing you can do to prevent throat cancer is to not smoke or drink alcohol in excess. Read more about MD Anderson’s smoking cessation clinical trials.

Using safe sex practices also helps to prevent throat cancer. Also, try to avoid exposure to dangerous chemicals.

Research shows that many cancers can be prevented if people applied everything known about cancer prevention to their lives. Visit the Prevention section of our website to find out steps you can take to avoid cancer.


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