I was a typical patient when diagnosed with larynx cancer, though at the younger end of the spectrum being just 51. I had a 30 year pack a day smoking history, to which I attribute my demise.
A recent small-scale study has given an indication of what may be seen in the future. The incidence of head and neck cancer has increased for many years, despite changes in smoking habits. because of the contribution of the human papilloma virus (HPV).
The increase in cases has been accompanied by a change in the age profile, with patients presenting at a much younger age than before. The recent study into glottic cancer revealed many of the younger patients were non-smokers but tissue analysis revealed high-risk strains of HPV.
The research is reported here LINK