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Cancer of the Voicebox

Every year approximately 13,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with laryngeal cancer. This condition is more common in people over the age of 55 and is more common in men than women.

The voice box, or larynx, is a part of the throat found at the entrance of the windpipe. The voice box helps us speak, breathe, and swallow. Vocal cords are part of the larynx. Treatment for cancer of the voice box, or laryngeal cancer, can include surgery to remove part or all of the larynx in a procedure called a laryngectomy. The goal of the surgery is to remove the tumor while preserving your function. There are a variety of possible surgeries including a cordectomy and partial laryngectomy.

Risk Factors

Using tobacco products and excessive alcohol consumption can greatly increase your risk of developing laryngeal cancer.

Age and gender also play a role in your likelihood to develop this form of cancer. Laryngeal cancer typically develops in people 55 years old or older. Men are more likely to develop this form of cancer.

Occupation can also affect the likelihood a person may develop laryngeal cancer. Someone who works with substances such as sulfuric acid mist, nickel, asbestos, wood dust, or mustard gas have an increased risk. People who work with machines are also at higher risk.

Signs and Symptoms

There are several signs and symptoms of voice box cancer.
· Voice change, such as hoarseness, that persists longer than two weeks
· Pain or difficulty swallowing
· Ear pain
· Persistent sore throat or cough
· Lump in the neck or throat
· Trouble making voice sounds (known as dysphonia)

There are a few symptoms when you should see medical attention immediately including:
· Breathing that’s noisy and high-pitched ( known as stridor)
· Coughing up blood (hemoptysis)
· Trouble breathing (dyspnea)
· Feeling like something is in your throat (globus sensation)

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