The statistics on laryngeal cancer show that many patients are diagnosed and treated for this head and neck cancer each year. While it can be treated in the early stages, it is a life-threatening condition that can take the life of many patients.
It’s important to know the basics about this condition to identify any symptoms before the disease progresses. See the facts on laryngeal cancer below to improve your understanding of the condition.
- The American Cancer Society estimated that 12,400 patients in the United States would be diagnosed with laryngeal cancer in 2012. Also, they estimated that about 3,600 patients would die due to the condition.
- The larynx, often called the voice box, is where the vocal cords (vocal folds) can be found.
- Cancer in the larynx can often affect how the vocal cords work. This can change a person’s voice.
- Besides a change in the persons voice, these are some symptoms of laryngeal cancer: chronic cough, sore throat and ear pain, lump in the throat, trouble/pain swallowing, noisy breathing and bad breath.
- Tobacco and alcohol use increases a patient’s risk of developing laryngeal cancer along with other head and neck cancers.
- There is some evidence to show that GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) may increase a patient’s risk of developing laryngeal cancer.
- Early diagnosis can improve a patient’s prognosis.
- Treatment includes radiation, surgery and chemotherapy.
- Recurrent laryngeal cancer is most likely in the first two to three years after remission. Follow-up appointments are extremely important.