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More than 70,000 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancers each year. These include cancers of the mouth, lip and tongue, throat and larynx or voice box. Men are nearly three times more likely to develop these diseases than women. Early symptoms may include the discovery of lumps, hoarseness, swelling, numbness, sore throat or trouble moving the jaw or swallowing. The most common risk factors are smoking, chewing smokeless tobacco products and excessive alcohol consumption.

Why choose UF Health Jacksonville?

The UF Health Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Program in Jacksonville offers patients cutting-edge technology and the latest surgical procedures in the treatment of head and neck cancers. An interdisciplinary team approach is used to ensure that each patient receives accurate, timely and comprehensive care, with the ultimate goal of improving their quality of life.

Video: An oral cancer survivor's story

For Roberto Johnson, a small lump on his gums became his worst nightmare when it was diagnosed as cancer. While this local police officer knew UF Health Jacksonville for excellent trauma care, he was about to learn the hospital also excels in head and neck procedures. Roberto was referred to UF Health, where Rui Fernandes, MD, DMD, removed the cancer and saved his life.

Head and neck cancer: Our expertise

University of Florida head and neck surgeons are skilled in the resection of complex cancers of the head and neck as well as in the reconstruction of the most challenging defects. We offer the gold standard in reconstruction by having experienced microvascular surgeons devoted to head and neck reconstruction.

UF physicians provide a number of advanced treatment options for various forms of head and neck cancer that include:

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Commission on Cancer Accredited Program - A Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons

The UF Health Jacksonville cancer program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

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Community and Patient Programs: Head and neck cancer

Our community and patient programs provide great value to patients, families and loved ones. People can find support, educational materials, expert consultants and more. In most instances, these programs are offered free of charge.

News and Patient Stories: Head and neck cancer

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