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Head and neck cancers are also described according to the type of cell the cancer started in.
The most common type of head and neck cancer is squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Most head and neck cancers (about 9 out of 10) start in squamous cells, which are the skin cells lining the mouth, nose and throat.
Rarely, head and neck cancers can develop from other types of cells:
Content last reviewed: 1 November 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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