Reply to "What is Mouth Cancer?"

Hi

I voted originally to keep the current title as I felt comfortable with it.

However following Michelle's post I am reconsidering.

I would not advocate a change of name in any event just for the sake of it, but if we are not reflecting our combined experience to those outside of our personal experiences then perhaps we may be missed by those seeking advice or information about symptoms they would not relate to their mouth per se as suggested by Chelle.

In Dr Vinod's explanation I was surprised that specifically brain tumours was excluded from the forum I had never even thought about that as to me head and neck would encompass in my mind mouth, neck, face, and brain.

When I had my symptoms which transpired to be carcinoma of the Larynx I was referred to the ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) department of my local hospital, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, which would excude by definition the head outside of its ears and nose and the mouth other than the throat/gullet. Oral is related to the mouth and dentistry and orthodontics, but may also confuse folk unfamiliar with the purpose of Maxillofacial Units of their hospitals.

On reflection then I am now in favour of the more simplified term of "Head and Neck" cancers which I could imagine to the layman, physician and patient be seen to relate to all cancers manifesting above the shoulders??????? Alan
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