What Are the Key Statistics About Laryngeal and Hypopharyngeal Cancers?

The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for laryngeal cancer in the United States for 2017 are:

  • About 13,360 new cases of laryngeal cancer (10,570 in men and 2,790 in women)
  • About 3,660 people (2,940 men and 720 women) will die from laryngeal cancer

About 60% of laryngeal cancers start in the glottis (the area containing the vocal cords themselves), while about 35% develop in the supraglottic area (above the vocal cords). The rest develop in either the subglottis (below the vocal cords) or overlap more than one area so that it is hard to tell where they started.

The rate of new cases of laryngeal cancer is falling by about 2% to 3% a year, most likely because fewer people are smoking.

About 3,000 cancers will start in the hypopharynx.

Survival statistics for these cancers are discussed in “ Survival rates for laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers by stage.”

Visit the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics Center for more key statistics.

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Last Medical Review: April 8, 2014 Last Revised: January 5, 2017

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