Oral Cancer Statistics
Americans are diagnosed each year with this largely preventable type of
cancer that affects the mouth and/or pharynx. Overall, oral cancer rates
have increased approximately 15% from the mid 1970s until the latest
National Cancer Institute Survey. During the same period, 5-year survival
rates also increased. In both of these measures there are significant
disparities in some population groups.
The National Cancer
Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program has
been an important source of information on cancer in the United States since
the mid 1970s. Click on the links below for details about oral cancer rates
from the most recent survey (2004).