Carcinoma of the larynx - genereal view

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Laryngeal carcinoma is one of the most common head and neck tumours with an annual incidence of approximately 1 per 100,000. It should be suspected in any patient with hoarseness of the voice for three weeks or longer until proven otherwise. Men are affected more often than women but during the last decade, the number of cases in women has increased such that they now account for about 20% of cases. Most patients are elderly and almost always, are smokers. Sixty percent of tumours occur in the glottis and present early with dysphonia. If detected early, the prognosis is excellent with a 90% 5 year cure rate.

tags: laryngeal cancer larynx smoking glottis dysphonia

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