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Signs and Symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer

Laryngeal cancer is also known as cancer of the larynx. The larynx is the voice box, and it is located just below the throat in the neck. The larynx contains the vocal cords. Most cases of laryngeal cancer are squamous cell carcinomas, which are a type of skin cancer that is often found in the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat. We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of laryngeal cancer below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Signs and Symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer are as follows:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sore throat that does not go away
  • Hoarseness in the voice
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Ear pain
  • A lump in the neck
  • Persistent cough

Heavy smoking and alcohol consumption are linked to laryngeal cancer. If you are both a heavy drinker and heavy tobacco user, the risk of developing signs and symptoms of laryngeal cancer is magnified. A heavy smoker and heavy drinker is twenty times more likely to have signs and symptoms of laryngeal cancer than a non-smoker. Other risk factors include having a low socioeconomic status, being male, and being over age fifty-five.

People who have already been diagnosed with a head and neck cancer are 25% more likely to develop a second cancer of the head and neck. Laryngeal cancer is considered to be a rare cancer in the U.S. with 12,500 new cases per year.

Diagnosis of Laryngeal Cancer

A diagnosis of laryngeal cancer is made through various tests that examine the throat area, including an endoscopy, laryngoscopy, and imaging tests such as a CT scan or an MRI. If there is a suspicion of cancer, a biopsy may be undertaken to confirm the diagnosis of laryngeal cancer.

Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer

Laryngeal Cancer – A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References
ICON Health Publications
The Official Patient’s Sourcebook on Laryngeal Cancer: A Revised and Updated Directory for the Internet Age
Icon Health Publications

Cancer Of The Larynx
Alfio Ferlito
Cancer of the Larynx (Clinical Cancer Monographs)
Peter E. Robin

Laryngeal Cancer Resources

General Patient Resources

  • National Cancer Institute

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of laryngeal cancer.

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology

Fact sheet provides information on the causes, risk factors, and symptoms of laryngeal (voice box) cancer.

  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Discover cancer hospitals for patients who believe in conventional laryngeal cancer treatments and alternative care/medicine.

  • American Cancer Society

Whether you (or a loved one) are worried about developing laryngeal or hypopharyngeal cancer, have just been diagnosed, are going through treatment, or are trying to stay well after treatment, this Detailed Guide and Overview can help you find the answers you need.

  • WD

Medical book excerpts about Laryngeal cancer from ‘Handbook of Diseases’ related to Esophagus Cancer.

  • Cancer Help UK

Living with laryngeal cancer covers coping with your diagnosis, and managing after … Join our forum.

  • About . com

Learn what the causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of laryngeal cancer are and essentials of the disease.

Medical Resources

  • Web MD

General information about laryngeal cancer.