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Last Updated: 10/19/2022

Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma is a cancer (malignancy) that arises from cells of the outer layer of skin and mucous membranes in the areas of the nose, throat, and mouth. Squamous cell carcinoma is classified by its location and can appear in the mouth (oral cavity), including the lips, tongue, underneath the tongue, the hard palate, the gums, the inside lining of the cheeks and lips, the salivary glands (rarely), the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses, the middle area of the throat (oropharynx), the upper part of the throat (nasopharynx), the voice box (larynx), the lymph nodes of the upper neck, or the lower part of the throat (hypopharynx). Squamous cell carcinoma may also spread to other parts of the body, such as the lungs. Most squamous cells cancers occur in the upper aerodigestive tract, which includes the mouth, lips, tongue, throat, and voice box (larynx); however, squamous cell carcinomas can also occur on the skin of the head and neck. Three-quarters of nasal sinus cancers are squamous cell carcinomas.

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