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Oropharyngeal Cancer


Oropharyngeal cancer is a type of head and neck cancer in which cancer cells are found within an area of the throat called your oropharynx. The oropharynx is the middle part of the pharynx (throat) behind the mouth.

Risk Factors

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Infection with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), especially HPV type 16.
  • History of head and neck cancer
  • Chewing betel leaf

Signs and Symptoms

People with oropharyngeal cancer may experience the following symptoms or signs.

  • Lump in the neck or throat
  • Persistent sore throat or feeling that something is caught in the throat


  • Clinical Examination
    • Upper GI endoscopy – It is a procedure that helps to look inside the throat, esophagus, stomach and duodenum.


The three main types of treatment for these cancers are surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Most of these cancers will need surgery and /or radiotherapy.


  • How long does oropharyngeal cancer take to develop?
  • What does the beginning of oropharyngeal cancer look like?
  • What is the most common risk factor for Oropharyngeal Cancer?

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