Laryngeal Cancer

Laryngeal cancer is a disease in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the larynx, the part of the throat between the base of the tongue. The larynx contains the vocal cords.

Most laryngeal cancers form in squamous cells, the thin, flat cells lining the inside of the larynx.

According to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, an estimated 12,650 people will be diagnosed with laryngeal cancer and some 3,880 people will die of the disease in the United States in 2024.

Laryngeal cancer is a type of head and neck cancer. Overall, head and neck cancers account for nearly 4 percent of all cancers in the United States. About 71,100 cases of head and neck cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2024, and about 16,110 people will die from these diseases, according to estimates.

Use of tobacco products and drinking too much alcohol can increase the risk for laryngeal cancer.

Laryngeal Cancer Treatment (Adult) (PDQ®)

Source: National Cancer Institute