According to the American Cancer Society, more than 9,000 Americans will be diagnosed this year with cancer of the larynx. Larynx cancer, also know as laryngeal cancer is also caused by smoking and alcohol abuse. The larynx, or the voice box, is a tube- shaped organ in the neck that is approximately 2 inches in length. Our larynx is used on a regular basis when we breathe, swallow, or talk. Larynx cancer arises most frequently in people over the age of 55. According to U.S statistics, men are 4 times as likely to be diagnosed with larynx cancer then females.
New Research Findings
On June 6, 2006, new research was released from the Institute of Medicine linking asbestos to larynx cancer. Asbestos, commonly used in building insulation and additional products until the mid-1970s, has long been considered the main culprit of lung cancer and mesothelioma. These diseases along with larynx cancer can takes years to be diagnosed. The Institute of Medicine report, said a review found consistent evidence of asbestos-linked larynx cancer in a number of studies of both workers and the general population. “Inhaled fibers pass through the larynx and may deposit there,” the report said, adding, “there are reports of fibers and asbestos bodies being recovered from the laryngeal tissues.
Symptoms of Larynx Cancer
The symptoms of cancer of the larynx are determined primarily on the dimensions and location of the tumor. The vocal cords are where most cases of larynx cancer are found. These tumors are seldom painful, but cause hoarseness or other alterations to your voice. Tumors in the area above the vocal cords can cause a lump on the neck, a sore throat, or an earache. Tumors that begin in the area below the vocal cords are rare. They can make it hard to breathe, and breathing may be noisy.
A persistent cough or the feelings of a lump in the throat are other warning signs of cancer of the larynx. As the tumor grows, it can cause pain, weight loss, bad breath, and frequent choking on food. In some cases, a tumor in the larynx can make it hard to swallow.
Legal Rights for Asbestos Workers Diagnosed with Larynx Cancer
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and been diagnosed with larynx cancer, contact Parker
& Waichman, LLP for a free case evaluation. Call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) or fill out the short form to the right.