Host Susceptibility and Molecular Epidemiology

  • Li-E Wang
  • Guojun Li
  • Erich Sturgis
  • Qingyi Wei


Tobacco and alcohol exposures are major determinants of risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN), accounting for approximately threefourths of all oral and pharyngeal cancers in the U.S. and an even higher attributable fraction of laryngeal cancers [1] . Othe r exposures include human papillomavirus, dietary, occupational, medical, and other factors that may also contribute to the etiology of this disease; however, only a fraction of exposed individuals will develop SCCHN. Therefore, the role of genetic susceptibility to carcinogenic exposures must be factored into the risk assessment process. This chapter explores some of the host factors that modulate susceptibility to epithelial carcinogenesis induced by tobacco and alcohol exposures and describes some relevant molecular epidemiology association studies of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and risk of SCCHN.


Oral Cancer Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma GSTM1 Null Genotype GSTT1 Null Genotype XRCC1 Arg399Gln 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Li-E Wang
    • 1
  • Guojun Li
    • 1
  • Erich Sturgis
    • 1
  • Qingyi Wei
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EpidemiologyThe University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer CenterHouston, TXUSA

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