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August 1955

Laryngeal Carcinoma in Connecticut: Observations with Particular Reference to Its Surgical Treatment

Author Affiliations

Hartford, Conn.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;62(2):145-153. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.03830020027006

A careful perusal of the literature fails to reveal a comprehensive review of the history of laryngeal carcinoma in Connecticut. We are all aware of the fact that carcinoma in general has shown a progressive increase in recent years. This has been attributed to several factors, but the most positive reason for the increase is the prolongation of life by modern science. Since 1900, the average life span has increased 20 years, so that now the life expectancy of a person is 67 years of age. Although much has been written about the absolute and relative increase in carcinoma of the lung as compared with that in cancer involving the other organs, no such increase in incidence apparently has been shown to occur in laryngeal carcinoma. Laryngeal carcinomas, however, have shown a steady increase, according to statistics, in the past 25 years. Since well over 50% of carcinoma of the

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