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 larynxcontains the vocal cords.
Most laryngeal cancers form in squamous cells, the thin, flat cells lining the inside of the larynx.
Laryngeal cancer is a type of head and neck cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, an estimated 12,270 people will be diagnosed with laryngeal cancer and some 3,750 people will die of the disease in the United States in 2020.
Overall, head and neck cancers account for approximately 4 percent of all cancers in the United States according to the National Cancer Institute, or about 72,250 of the estimated 1.8 million new cancer diagnoses in 2020.
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