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View in Spanish: Carcinoma de células escamosas de la cabeza y el cuello

Squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SKWAY-mus sel KAR-sih-NOH-muh …)
Cancer of the head and neck that begins in squamous cells (thin, flat cells that form the surface of the skin, eyes, various internal organs, and the lining of hollow organs and ducts of some glands). Squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck includes cancers of the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, salivary glands, throat, and larynx (voice box). Most head and neck cancers are squamous cell carcinomas.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.