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Important Facts for Cancer Incidence - Oral Cavity and Pharynx


Cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx incidence refers to the number of persons newly diagnosed with cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx during a specified time period. Measures include 1) the number of newly diagnosed cancer of the oral cavity and pharynxcases; and 2) age-adjusted cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx incidence rates (adjus


The number of cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx cases newly diagnosed in New Mexico residents within a specified time period.


The estimated population of New Mexico residents within a specified time period.

Why Is This Important?

Oral and pharyngeal cancers form in tissues of the lips, mouth, tongue, salivary glands, tonsils, and pharynx. Each year, oral and pharyngeal cancers account for nearly 3% of all new cancer cases and 1.6% of all cancer deaths in the U.S, which represents 48,000 cases and 9,600 deaths. The five-year survival rate is 65%. New Mexico has averaged 316 new cases of oral and pharyngeal cancers each year between 2010 and 2015. These rates have remained relatively stable in New Mexico over time, which is consistent with national trends. Tobacco and alcohol use are among the biggest risk factors for developing oral cavity and pharyngeal cancers.

Other Objectives

CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking, Nationally Consistent Data and Measures (EPHT NCDM)
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Content updated: Thu, 16 May 2019 10:54:21 MDT