What Causes Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Throat?

  • Medical Author:
    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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What causes squamous cell carcinoma of the throat?

Doctor's response

Squamous cell carcinoma of the throat is the most common type of throat cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma of the throat is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells of the lining of the throat. The throat consists of the pharynx (the upper part behind the tongue) and the larynx (the voice box).

Causes and risk factors for squamous cell carcinoma of the throat include:


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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Throat Cancer Facts

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Reviewed on 2/13/2018