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July 1953

CANCER OF THE LARYNX: Thirty-Year Survey at New Haven Hospital

Author Affiliations

From Section on Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1953;58(1):19-30. doi:10.1001/archotol.1953.00710040036003

THERE were more than 260 case in which cancer of the larynx was diagnosed at the New Haven Hospital during the 30-year period 1921-1951. In 235 of these the diagnosis was by either biopsy or postmortem examination, and these cases constitute the material discussed in this paper.

PREDISPOSING FACTORS  Chronological Distribution.—Whereas 94 cases were seen during the 20-year period between 1921 and 1940, 136 cases were seen during the 10-year period between 1941 and 1950.Race, Religion, and Ethnic Groups.—The distribution of cases corresponds approximately to that found in the general population in this area; hence these factors do not appear to have any influence on the incidence of the disease.Age and Sex.—The ages of patients in this series ranged from 21 to 90 years; 67% of the men were between 50 and 70, and 61% of the women were between 40 and 60 years of