What are the risk factors for laryngeal cancer?
A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of developing a disease. Having risk factors, however, does not necessarily mean you will get cancer, so it’s important to know your own personal risk factors and discuss any concerns with your doctor.
Although the effects of laryngeal cancer can be significant, the disease is highly treatable – and even sometimes preventable – which is why it’s important to know your risk factors.
One of the greatest risk factors for laryngeal cancer is tobacco and alcohol use.
Other risk factors include:
- Being male (men are up to five times more likely to get laryngeal cancer than women)
- Being older than 65
- Exposure to asbestos and chemicals
- A history of human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Having had Epstein-Barr virus (a virus in the herpes family)
Preventing laryngeal cancer often involves changing lifestyle behaviors.
Two of the greatest risk factors for laryngeal cancer are tobacco use and alcohol use, so eliminating tobacco use and keeping alcohol intake to a minimum can help prevent the disease.
As with any type of cancer prevention, Miami Cancer Institute’s specialists recommend knowing and understanding your risk factors so that you can take appropriate steps to prevent or reduce your risk for laryngeal cancer.
At the Cancer Institute, our team of laryngeal cancer experts will discuss with you what screening tests are best for you as well as the steps you can take to lower your risk of developing the disease.