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Laryngeal Cancer - What it is

Laryngeal cancers are the most common cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract says SingHealth Duke-NUS Head and Neck CeLaryngeal cancers are the most common cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract, affecting men more than women and in the older age group.

Where exactly is the larynx?

The larynx opens into the trachea (windpipe).

It divided into 3 main parts:

  1. Supraglottis, the part above the vocal chords
  2. Glottis, the area of the vocal chords
  3. Subglottis, the part below the vocal chords leading into the trachea

What are the main functions of the larynx?

The larynx is responsible for:

  1. Maintaining an open airway (breathing)
  2. Voice production
  3. Preventing aspiration (preventing food particles from accidentally entering the windpipe)
  4. Protecting the lungs from harmful or irritative substances

Laryngeal Cancer - How to prevent?

Laryngeal Cancer - Preparing for surgery

Laryngeal Cancer - Post-surgery care

Laryngeal Cancer - Other Information

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