From time to time, I like to use my blog to spread awareness of health issues and charities. In fact, I started it to share my story of Autumn’s ovarian cyst at 2 weeks old and my subsequent anxiety. I felt it was important to help others in a similar situation to feel they weren’t alone. This time, I’m spreading awareness of larynx cancer.
Laryngeal cancer, perhaps better known as larynx cancer, is a type of cancer than affects the larynx (voice box). It is quite rare, affecting 2,000+ people in the UK each year.
Men are more likely to get larynx cancer than women. If you’re over 60, you’re also at a higher risk.
It’s important to see your GP if you experience hoarseness or a cough for more than 3 weeks, although it is unlikely it is cancer it’s best to check. Likewise, if you are experiencing the other symptoms, it is a good idea to seek medical advice.
Things that can increase your risk of getting larynx cancer are as follows:
There a variety of ways in which laryngeal cancer is treated . The main methods are radiotherapy, surgery and chemotherapy. Sometimes chemoradiotherapy (a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy) or targeted cancer drugs are used.
If the cancer is advanced, a combination of these treatments may be used. If the larynx needs to be removed, breathing and speaking the usual way is no longer possible. However, a stoma (hole in the neck) can be used for breathing and a throat implant or electrical device can be used to enable speaking again.
Treatment can be undertaken through the NHS or specialists such as The Loc, a specialist treatment centre at the forefront of cancer care.
The outlook for larynx cancer depends on when it’s diagnosed. However, it is usually diagnosed early, meaning its outlook is often better than other cancers.
According to the NHS, “Overall, about 70 out of every 100 people will live for at least 5 years after diagnosis and about 60 out of every 100 people will live for at least 10 years”.
Welcome to my blog! I'm Laura, a 27 year old first time mum. I live in Kent with my high school sweetheart husband Dave, and our daughter Autumn. When she came into the world in September 2016, we knew that life would never be the same again!
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