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Throat Cancer Statistics

Throat cancer is not rare in the US; about 24,000 people are diagnosed with throat cancer each year. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has estimated that 9,920 men and 2,370 women were diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009; nearly 3,660 died of it.

Throat cancer is more frequent in men than women, especially in older men between 50 and 70 years old. The median age at diagnosis for throat cancer is 65 years of age. Percentages and ages of people diagnosed in 2002-2006 were approximately:   

  • 0.0% under age 20;  
  • 0.5% between 20 and 34;  
  • .4% between 35 and 44;  
  • 15.5% between 45 and 54;  
  • 28.7% between 55 and 64;  
  • 29.0% between 65 and 74;  
  • 18.1% between 75 and 84;  
  • 4.7% 85+ years of age. 

 

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