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  • Throat cancer is a common cancer. The number of Victorians affected is increasing.
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco, and drinking alcohol puts you at higher risk.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a risk factor for certain throat cancers.
  • Treatment for throat cancer is most effective if the disease is diagnosed early.
  • See your doctor if you notice any changes to your throat or neck.
  • Reduce your risk by stopping smoking, reducing your alcohol intake, practising safe oral sex and getting vaccinated against HPV.

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Reviewed on: 12-08-2021