Laryngeal Cancer is one of the dangerous cancer types that occur when there are malignant cells forms on the larynx tissue (voice box). The larynx contains the vocal folds which will vibrate and make sound when there is air directed against them. So, when the sound echoes through the throat, mouth, and nose, our voice will be heard.
|Laryngeal Cancer/Carcinoma Symptoms and Signs
Laryngeal Cancer symptoms and signs of are depending on the tumor’s size and location in the larynx. Person who suffer from laryngeal cancer will experience:
- Difficulty in swallowing.
- Pain in the neck.
- Changing in voice or hoarseness.
- Prolonged sore throat that not go away even with antibiotics.
- Swelling in the neck or lump in the throat.
- Have problem in breathing.
- Feels like something stuck in the throat.
- Prolonged cough.
- Cough with blood.
- Have bad breath (halitosis).
- Sudden weight loss.
If you have any of the laryngeal Cancer symptoms or signs that mentioned above, you should visit a doctor immediately.
| Laryngeal Cancer/Carcinoma Risk Factors
Actually, no one knows the exact causes of laryngeal cancer. Doctors also cannot explain why some people get this disease and some are not because we know that cancer is not a disease that can be “catch” from another person.
A risk factor is anything that will increase the chances of you to get laryngeal cancer. Below are some risk factors that most people face:
- Gender: Men are four times more often than women.
- Age: People over 55 years old mostly in a high risk to get laryngeal cancer.
- Smoking: Most smokers have high chance to get laryngeal cancer than non-smoker. Furthermore, smokers who drink alcohol heavily are far more likely to have cancer of the larynx.
- Alcohol: People who drink alcohol more likely to get laryngeal cancer than people who didn’t drink. The risk is higher when the people drink alcohol and also smoking tobacco.
- Race: Whites are less to be diagnosed with cancer of the larynx than African Americans.
- Occupation: People who work in the environment of exposed to the sulfuric acid mist, nickel and asbestos fiber have the highest risk to get laryngeal cancer.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): Person that suffers from GERD also in the chance of getting cancer of larynx because the stomach acid will flow up into the esophagus.
- Personal history of head and neck cancer: One in four people who have had head and neck cancer will develop second primary head and neck cancer.
For those that notice some or all the risk factor on themselves, you should seek medical check-up to ensure your health.