Drumming Out Head and Neck Cancer with Rikki Rockett

Jessica Skarzynski

You’d think that, after being the drummer in a multi-platinum rock and roll band that has sold more than 40 million albums and DVDs since bursting onto the music scene in the mid-80’s, life would be “Nothin’ But a Good Time” for Poison drummer Rikki Rockett.

However, back in 2015, Rikki received a throat cancer diagnosis that would change his life.

This week, we’re kicking off the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance’s 21st annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week with Rikki, who opened up about his experience with HPV-attributed throat cancer, how immunotherapy made a difference in his treatment , and why individuals should “Open Up and Say Ahh” at free oral, head and neck cancer screenings around the country this week. 

To find a free screening location in your area and to learn more about Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, visit
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