- 43% of those asked selected chemotherapy
- 41% selected chemotherapy followed by radiation therapy
- 27% selected chemotherapy followed by radiation therapy and surgery.
- 39% had no idea what treatments were available.
- disfigurement - 4%
- loss of taste - 4%
- difficulty speaking - 2%
- sore mouth and gums - 1%
- xerostomia(dry mouth) - 1%
- Hair loss - 31%
- Nausea - 21%
- Vomiting - 7%
- Of those asked, 46% didn't know any of the side effects for treatment of OHNC.
- 26% of respondents reported having been examined by a doctor for OHNC.
- 94% of those asked said they'd never been taught how to self-exam for this disease.
- 26% of respondents said they use a tobacco product.
- 3% of the overall group reported consuming more than four alcoholic drinks per day, while 6% of those who use tobacco drink four or more alcholic beverages daily.
OHNC Risk Factors
Symptoms of OHNC
The results of "Survey of Oral and Head and Neck Cancer Knowledge among the American Public" will be presented by authors, T.A. Day, MD, of the Head and Neck Tumor Program, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.G. Reed and G.F. Cannick, of College of Dental Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, and A.M. Horowitz, of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, Bethesda, MD, at the 6th International Conference on Head and Neck cancer being held August 7-11, 2004, at the Wardman Park Marriot, in Washington, D.C.
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