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Have you checked your head and neck health recently? If you haven’t, now is the time. With over 20,000 cases per year in the U.S., head and neck cancers are not something to be overlooked. These cancers start in the tissues and organs of the head and neck, which include your thyroid, larynx, throat, lips, mouth, and more. As the number of cases increase every year, education is increasingly essential in the fight against these cancers. Recognizing the signs and symptoms can allow you to catch the diseases early and help lead to a more successful treatment. Check out our infographic below, where James Ohr, DO of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center shares some of the risk factors, symptoms and treatments of head and neck cancer.

head and neck cancer infographic

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A $21 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates more than 90,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a 3.8 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.4 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution, and paid more than $500 million in federal, state, and local taxes. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial, and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialization arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside on its annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals and ranks UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on its Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. For more information, go to UPMC.com.