Drumming Out Head and Neck Cancer with Rikki Rockett

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In this Special Edition of CURE Talks Cancer, we chat with Poison drummer and throat cancer survivor Rikki Rockett about his cancer journey and why it's important to "Open Up and Say... Ahh!" during Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.

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