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Around 2,200 people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer of the larynx each year.
It’s rare in people under 40, but is more common in people in their 60s and 70s. It’s four times more common in men than in women.
Smoking tobacco is the major risk factor associated with developing cancer of the larynx. Heavy drinking (of alcohol - especially spirits) also increases the risk. The risk of developing laryngeal cancer is much higher for people who are both smokers and heavy drinkers.
As with other cancers, cancer of the larynx isn’t infectious and can’t be passed on to other people.
Content last reviewed: 1 April 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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