How Do I Know If I Have Throat Cancer?

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Definition

Cancer of the throat is cancer of the vocal cords, voice box (larynx), or other areas of the throat.


Alternative Names

Vocal cord cancer; Throat cancer; Laryngeal cancer; Cancer of the glottis


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

People who smoke or use tobacco are at risk of developing throat cancer. Excessive alcohol use also increases risk. Smoking and drinking alcohol combined lead to an increased risk for throat cancers.

Most cancers of the throat develop in adults older than 50. Men...

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