Second Cancers After Laryngeal or Hypopharyngeal Cancer

Cancer survivors can be affected by a number of health problems, but often their greatest concern is facing cancer again. If a cancer comes back after treatment it is called a recurrence. But some cancer survivors may develop a new, unrelated cancer later. This is called a second cancer. No matter what type of cancer you've had, it's still possible to get another (new) cancer, even after surviving the first.

In fact, certain types of cancer and cancer treatments can be linked to a higher risk of certain second cancers.

Survivors of laryngeal cancer can get any second cancer, but they have an increased risk of:

Many of these cancers are linked to smoking and alcohol use, which are also risk factors for laryngeal cancer.

Survivors of cancer of the hypopharynx can get any second cancer, but have an increased risk of:

Many of these cancers are linked to smoking and alcohol use, which are also risk factors for hypopharyngeal cancer.

Survivors of laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers should follow the American Cancer Society guidelines for the early detection of cancer and stay away from tobacco products.

To help maintain good health, survivors should also:

These steps may also lower the risk of some cancers.

See Second Cancers in Adults to learn more.

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Last Medical Review: November 27, 2017 Last Revised: November 27, 2017

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