Key Statistics for Laryngeal and Hypopharyngeal Cancers

The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for laryngeal cancer in the United States for 2020 are:

  • About 12,370 new cases of laryngeal cancer (9,820 in men and 2,550 in women)
  • About 3,750 people (3,000 men and 750 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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American Cancer Society. Facts & Figures 2020. American Cancer Society. Atlanta, Ga. 2020.

Last Revised: January 8, 2020

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