What is the difference between laryngitis and a larynx cancer?

Need an examination. Laryngitis= inflammation of the voice/vocal cords larynx cancer= malignant tumor of the voice box both will make the voice change (hoarse, short of breath, painful or difficult speaking), and only an ent/head and neck surgeon can help you tell the difference between the two. The doctor will slide a slender camers into your nose/mouth and look at the throat. If you smoke, stop immediately...

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How are laryngitis and larynx cancer different?

Inflammation vs. Cancer. Laryngitis is inflammation of the voice, usually viral and it causes hoarseness and usually resolves. Laryngeal cancer is usually due to smoking and if not treated in the early stages can cause death. Consult these sites for details. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/laryngitis/ds00366 http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/wyntk/larynx. Read more...