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Laryngeal Cancer Statistics 

Laryngeal cancer is a rare form of cancer, accounts for less than 5% of all male cancers and nearly 25% of cancers of the upper aero-digestive tract. Cancer of the larynx affects approximately 12,000 Americans per year, causing about 4,200 deaths.  

According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that 12,290 men and women (9,920 men and 2,370 women) were diagnosed with laryngeal cancer in 2009; 3,660 men and women died of it.

Laryngeal cancer incidence varies with age. From 2002-2006, the median age at diagnosis for cancer of the larynx was 65 years of age; thus, the percentages and ages of people diagnosed were approximately:

  • 0.0% under age 20;  
  • 0.5% between 20 and 34;  
  • 3.4% between 35 and 44;  
  • 15.5% between 45 and 54;  
  • 28.7% between 55 and 64;  
  • 29.0% between 65 and 74;  
  • 18.1% between 75 and 84;  
  • 4.7% 85+ years of age. 

 

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