Various studies have
shown that some head and neck cancers are strongly associated with
specific occupations. For
example, woodworkers in the furniture-building industry are prone to
carcinomas of the paranasal sinuses.
Paranasal sinus cancer is rare, but an occupational exposure
history is important in patients with recurrent epistaxis, nasal
obstruction, or facial pain.
Other occupations with exposures related to head and neck cancer risk
include leather manufacturing, nickel refining, textile industry and,
historically, radium dial painting.