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Larynx Cancer

Laryngeal cancer, or throat cancer, is a cancer that forms in tissues of the throat also called then larynx.
About 75 new cases of larynx cancer were diagnosed in New Mexico year 2013. Laryngeal cancer is relatively uncommon. It accounts for less than 1% of all cancers newly diagnosed in the U.S. each year, and less than 1% of all annual cancer deaths.
About 84% of larynx cases occured in males and 58% among persons aged 65 years and older. The remaining 50% of cases occur primarily in persons aged 45-64 years. Incidence rates are 3- to 4-times higher in males than females.
Factors that can increase the risk of laryngeal cancer include the following:
  • Tobacco use, including smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • A diet lacking in fruits and vegetables
You can learn about known and probable carcinogens from Known and Probable Human Carcinogens at www.cancer.org (external site).

There's no proven way to prevent throat cancer from occurring. You can however, reduce your risk of throat cancer with these healthy habits:
  • Do not smoke. If you don't smoke, don't start. If you smoke, quit. If you smoke or use tobacco, talk to your doctor about strategies for quitting. Medications and counseling are available to help you quit. Call the 1-800-QUIT NOW (1 800-784-8669) hotline to access cessation services available to New Mexicans from the New Mexico Department of Health. Services include sessions in English or Spanish, programs for adults and youth, free cessation items and a personal quit plan.
  • Do not drink alcohol or drink in moderation, if at all. If you are a heavy drinker, talk to your doctor about ways to reduce your consumption of alcohol or how to quit drinking alcohol.
  • Choose a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables. The vitamins and antioxidants in fruits and vegetables may reduce your risk of throat cancer. Eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables.
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Content updated: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:37:23 MST