What are the risk factors for Unknown Primary Head and Neck Cancer?

A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of developing a disease. Having risk factors however, does not necessarily mean you will get cancer, so it’s important to know your own personal risk factors and discuss any concerns with your doctor.

Risk factors for Unknown Primary Head and Neck Cancer includes:

  • Tobacco usage
  • Having a tumor in another part of your body (diagnosed or undiagnosed)
  • A history of being infected with Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 


Preventing or reducing your risk of Unknown Primary Head and Neck Cancer often involves changing your lifestyle behaviors.

This includes:

  • Eliminating tobacco use
  • Reducing alcohol consumption
  • Getting vaccinated for HPV
  • At the Institute, our team of experts will discuss with you what tests are best for your personal needs as well as any additional steps you can take to lower your risk of developing this
  • and other types of cancer.

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