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The first cause of head and neck cancers, which are more common in men, is stated as tobacco use. An Otolaryngologist Prof. who made statements within the framework of World Tobacco-Free Day.

Turkey Medicals member and MedicalPark JCI hospital department Dr. ”Although head and neck cancers are more common in men, genetic inheritance and some genetic disorders that develop later also have an effect,” he explained.

Among head and neck cancers in Turkey, larynx cancer is most common in men and thyroid cancer is most common in women. Dr. “Second on the list are intraoral cancers,” he said.

Head and neck cancers are ranked 6th in the list of the most common cancers in the world. It is known that the most important trigger of head and neck cancers, which cover a large area outside the brain and spinal cord in the area from the collarbones, which are the lower border of the neck, to the base of the head, which is the upper border, is tobacco use. Ear, Nose, And Throat Dr. emphasizing that head and neck cancers are generally seen at the age of over 50 years, “Patients who come with complaints such as swelling or mass in the neck at an earlier age should also be evaluated for head and neck cancers and examined in detail for a definitive diagnosis,” he said.

Prof. Dr. he added that sarcomas, different tumors and lymphomas can also be seen in children with a rare genetic predisposition, genetic mutations and the triggering effects of radiotherapies taken at an early age.

Symptoms may vary depending on the location of the tumor

Noting that the symptoms may differ depending on where the tumor is located in head and neck cancers, Prof. Dr. “For example, the most common cancers of the larynx and oral cavity are hoarseness and wounds that do not pass inside the mouth. Or, more rarely, complaints such as nosebleeds, nasal congestion, wounds on the face and mouth can occur in tumors in the nose. In addition to these, it can manifest itself in the form of swelling and masses in the head and neck area,” he said.

It is necessary to refrain from smoking

Emphasizing the importance of early diagnosis in head and neck cancers as well as in all types of cancer, Prof. Dr. he continued his words as follows:

“These tumors can sometimes occur with unclear and late complaints. When it is not noticed early, the diagnosis is also late. There is no specific, valid screening procedure for early diagnosis of head and neck cancers. That is why the patient’s own self-awareness is critical for early diagnosis. Patients should listen to themselves; especially for complaints such as stubborn hoarseness, stubborn nosebleeds, non-healing wounds, growing and newly emerging head and neck masses, and persistent shortness of breath, they should definitely contact an otolaryngologist. It is also extremely important to stay away from cigarettes and all tobacco products to protect yourself and reduce the risk.”

Multidisciplinary approach is important in the treatment of head and neck cancers

There are different treatment models for head and neck cancers, including surgery, Prof. Dr. “Especially in the last 15-20 years, significant successes have also been achieved in the effectiveness of treatments other than surgery. For example, first responders surgery oral tumors in the larynx or pharynx tumors in patient and tumor characteristics according to surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy can also be added or non-surgical methods of treatment, radiation therapy can be used. The treatment is carried out with a multidisciplinary approach,” he said.

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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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