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Larynx Cancer Causes and Prevention

Causes of Larynx Cancer
  • People who smoke or otherwise use tobacco are at risk of developing throat cancer.
  • Excessive alcohol use also increases risk.
  • Most cancers of the throat develop in adults older than 50. Men are 10 times more likely than women to develop throat cancers.
  • Poor eating patterns are common in people who are heavy drinkers. A poor diet may increase your risk of cancer of the larynx. This may be due to a lack of vitamins and minerals.
  • Weakened immune system.
  • Some chemicals can increase your risk of cancer of the larynx. If you have been regularly exposed to high levels of Wood dust, Paint fumes, coal dust.
  • Exposure to coal as a fuel source in the home has been linked to a higher risk of laryngeal cancer.
  • AIDS have a risk of laryngeal cancer that is 3 times higher than people who do not have HIV or AIDS.
  • People who take drugs to suppress their immune system following an organ transplant have a risk of laryngeal cancer that is double that of the general population.
  • Acid reflux happens when stomach acid comes back up the oesophagus and irritates the lining. In the long term this can cause damage to the cells in the oesophagus. This irritation and damage can extend to the larynx and may increase cancer risk.
  • People who have a family history of a head and neck cancer have double the risk of laryngeal cancer.
  • Human papilloma virus (HPV) can affect the lining of the larynx and cause small, wart like growths. The papillomas can be removed, but often come back. They may occur in children. HPV infection of the larynx may increase the risk of laryngeal cancer.
Prevention of Larynx Cancer
Quit Smoking
People who stop smoking can greatly reduce their risk of cancer of the larynx, as well as cancer of the lung, mouth, pancreas, bladder, and esophagus. Also, by quitting, those who have already had cancer of the larynx can cut down the risk of getting a second cancer of the larynx or a new cancer in another area.

Avoid Alcohol
The risk is even higher for smokers who drink alcohol heavily. Special counseling or self–help groups are useful for some people who are trying to stop smoking or avoid alcohol.

Avoid Asbestos
Working with asbestos can increase the risk of getting larynx cancer. Asbestos workers should follow work and safety rules to avoid inhaling asbestos fibers.

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