There are approximately 24,000 to 39,000 cases of throat cancer diagnosed each year in the United States. About 3 to 5 percent of all cancer cases in the United States are throat cancer. The disease is more likely to affect people older than 50 and men develop it more often than women. Approximately 50 percent of throat cancers develop in the voice box. The rest affect other parts of the throat.
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There are an estimated 40,000 cases of mouth and pharynx cancer each year. For the larynx, or the voice box, it’s an additional 12,000. Combined, this is over 3% of all cancers in the United States, including breast, lung and prostate cancers. Throat cancer causes more than 11,000 deaths annually.
Dr Brian Broker, MD, Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology), answeredIn the United States throat cancer affects about 40,000 patients each year, of which about 12,000 patients are cancers of the vocal cords while the rest affect other parts of the throat. The most common causes are tobacco and alcohol use. For early-stage throat cancers treatment and survival rates have improved dramatically in the past 50 years, though for advanced-stage tumors, survival rates have not changed in that time.