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Can non-smokers get larynx cancer?

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Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes but rare

The most common larynx cancer is squamous cell carcinoma.
This is almost always related to tobacco use. Non smokers can get it, but it is rare. There are also other rare types of cancer that occur in the larynx that are not tobacco related.

In brief: Yes but rare

The most common larynx cancer is squamous cell carcinoma.
This is almost always related to tobacco use. Non smokers can get it, but it is rare. There are also other rare types of cancer that occur in the larynx that are not tobacco related.
Dr. Hassan Arshad
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Dr. Diane Minich
@nd hand smoke can be a contributing factor in non smokers.
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Very rare but yes

It can happen, most often in people with long term reflux that ends up in the throat or in rare cases of people with a viral disease called laryngeal pappilomatosis.

In brief: Very rare but yes

It can happen, most often in people with long term reflux that ends up in the throat or in rare cases of people with a viral disease called laryngeal pappilomatosis.
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Christopher Schmidt
Facial Plastic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Rarely but....

not as rare as we thought it was now due to the rising EPIDEMIC of HPV induced cancers.
..although these area mostly oral and base of tongue and oropharyngeally.... but if you don't smoke (and don't smoke and drink) and all your friends and family don't....you'll hopefully put us out of this part of our business

In brief: Rarely but....

not as rare as we thought it was now due to the rising EPIDEMIC of HPV induced cancers.
..although these area mostly oral and base of tongue and oropharyngeally.... but if you don't smoke (and don't smoke and drink) and all your friends and family don't....you'll hopefully put us out of this part of our business
Dr. Christopher Schmidt
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Dr. Diane Minich
2nd hand smoke may increase your risk of all cancers,
Dr. Christopher Schmidt
Also there are cancers of larynx beyond SCC, rare but occur
Dr. Apurv Agrawal
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Yes

Laryngeal cancer has a much higher incidence in smoker/alcohol drinkers.
Though a non-smoker can get laryngeal cancer it is less common. Often the non-smokers with head and neck cancer often are hpv positive.

In brief: Yes

Laryngeal cancer has a much higher incidence in smoker/alcohol drinkers.
Though a non-smoker can get laryngeal cancer it is less common. Often the non-smokers with head and neck cancer often are hpv positive.
Dr. Apurv Agrawal
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