What are the risk factors for oropharyngeal cancer?

Risk factors for oropharyngeal cancer include the following:

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/29/2013.


  • National Cancer Institute 2012: Oropharyngeal cancer PDQ. Accessed January 15, 2013.
  • Kim ES, Gunn GB, William Jr. WN, Kies MS. Chapter 16. Head and Neck Cancer. In: Kantarjian HM, Wolff RA, Koller CA, eds. The MD Anderson Manual of Medical Oncology. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2011.

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