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Oral Cancer Statistics   

The frequency of cancers of the oral cavity has increased greatly in recent decades in most developed countries. In 2002, approximately 274 300 new cases of oral cancer were identified worldwide; nearly 145 500 people died from the disease. In the United States alone, approximately 34 000 people were diagnosed with oral cancer in 2007.   

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), each year in the United States, about 29,000 people learn they have cancer of the oral cavity or the oropharynx. It is estimated that 35,720 men and women (25,240 men and 10,480 women) were diagnosed with cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx in 2009; about 7,600 people died of it.  

The incidence of mouth cancer varies with age. From 2002-2006, the median age at diagnosis for cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx was 62 years of age. The percentages and ages of people diagnosed were approximately:

  • 0.6% under age 20;  
  • 2.4% between 20 and 34;  
  • 6.8% between 35 and 44;  
  • 20.9% between 45 and 54;  
  • 26.2% between 55 and 64;  
  • 21.3% between 65 and 74;  
  • 16.1% between 75 and 84;  
  • 5.8% 85+ years of age. 

 

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