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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

Most people experience a canker sore at some point in their lives. These small, often painful lesions can appear on any moist, fleshy surface...

BY Chris Massanova

I ran my first triathlon in the summer of 2015. Even with the 100-degree Texas heat, I fell in love with the sport. I started training several...

BY D. Ivan Young, Ph.D.

As an International Coaching Foundation master-certified coach, National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching-certified coach and behavioral science expert, I’m normally someone that other people come to when they don’t know what to do. So, you’d think I’d be one of the last people on Earth to suffer a crisis of faith.

You’d be wrong.

Because when I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity in July...

Stage IV oral cancer survivor D. Ivan Young, Ph.D. smiles at the camera. He is a middle-aged Black man with a goatee.

BY Jessica King

A few of my relatives have had cancer over the years, but not many. And the one who developed lung cancer was a grandparent who smoked three...

BY April Clayton

Whenever Jessica King returns to Houston for an appointment at MD Anderson, she has to make one stop before she leaves: a visit with Jill...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Living with a tracheostomy and learning proper tracheostomy care can take some adjustment for cancer patients who rely on them during cancer...

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 Shelley Varnado

In January 2020, I noticed a changing spot under my tongue. My family doctor advised that I get it biopsied. The results came back negative...

BY Danielle Underferth

The American Cancer Society recently updated its guidelines for preventing cancer. Among the recommendations: Don’t drink alcohol.

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