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BY Cynthia DeMarco

Much like adenocarcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas can develop in many locations, including the skin, lungs and cervix. 

Unlike adenocarcinomas, though, squamous cell carcinomas often occur in the head and neck, such as the lips, tongue, throat or tonsils, and even the nasal cavity, sinuses, and lacrimal (or tear) ducts and glands.

So, why do squamous cell carcinomas tend to happen so often above the shoulders? And...

Microscopic view of squamous cell carcinoma in shades of pink and white

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Like many women diagnosed with cervical cancer, Linda Ryan didn’t initially have any symptoms. So, she didn’t know she had the disease until...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

About 10,000 people are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. The vast majority of cases are due to the human papillomavirus (HPV).

BY George Brownfield

By the time I was diagnosed with HPV-related throat cancer in the summer of 2014, I’d been working as a senior systems analyst at MD Anderson for more than 20 years. I’d seen some of the incredible things our doctors were doing for people and was very aware of our reputation. So, there was never any doubt about where I’d be going for throat cancer treatment. 

Once I was cancer-free, I realized I wanted to pay it forward. That...

Throat cancer survivor George Brownfield, smiling in a home with a burgundy golf shirt on

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Most people who are diagnosed with throat cancer won’t see anything unusual if they look in the mirror, open their mouths and say, “Ahhhh....

BY Gina Van Thomme

It may feel a little awkward to talk about anal cancer.

“It’s an area of the body that people don't talk about too often,” says...

BY Danielle Underferth

Home HPV tests are marketed as a convenient, accurate and discreet way to find out if you have human papillomavirus, a common infection that...

BY Ann Gillenwater, M.D.

As director of MD Anderson’s Oral Cancer Prevention Clinic, I see many patients each year with both oral cancers and pre-cancerous conditions...

BY Ronda Wendler

When Bibi Philippou complained to her family doctor two years ago about hemorrhoids and rectal bleeding, the doctor scheduled a colonoscopy...

BY Mark Teague

When I moved to central Louisiana for my job as a high school football coach in 2016, I starting hearing great things about MD Anderson almost...