Head and neck cancers

Genes and cancer

Head and neck cancers

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Cancers start when cells become abnormal following changes to genes inside the cell. These changes are called gene mutations or faulty genes.

Most mutations happen during a person’s lifetime but some can be inherited. People with a strong family history of some cancers may need genetic testing to see if they have an inherited mutation. 

Head and neck cancers are not generally caused by inherited mutations.

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