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Cancer - throat or larynx

  • 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 are 10 times more likely than women to develop throat cancers.