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Vocal cord cancer; Throat cancer; Laryngeal cancer; Cancer of the glottis
Cancer of the throat is cancer of the vocal cords, voice box (larynx), or other areas of the throat.
People who smoke or use tobacco are at risk of developing throat cancer. Excessive alcohol use also increases risk. Smoking and drinking alcohol combined lead to an increased risk for throat cancers.
Most cancers of the throat develop in adults older than 50. Men are 10 times more likely than women to develop throat cancers.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology: Head and Neck Cancers. National Comprehensive Cancer Network; 2010. Version 2.2010.
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