Oral cancer rates have increased approximately 15% from the mid 1970s until the latest (2004) National Cancer Institute Survey. There are significant disparities in some population groups, with higher rates of increase in minority men.
Table 1 presents oral cancer incidence rates for adult men and women of all age groups and for selected racial and ethnic groups.
Oral Cancer Incidence (Table 1)
- Overall, 10.5 adults per 100,000 will develop oral cancer.
- Oral cancer rates are significantly higher for males than for females.
- Oral cancer rates are higher for Hispanic and Black males than for White males.
- Oral cancer rates increase with age. The increase becomes more rapid after age 50 and peaks between ages 60 and 70.
Table 1: Oral Cancer Incidence by Age, Race, and Gender
Incidence of oral cancer in cases per 100,000, by selected characteristics
Source: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results(SEER) Program * Stat Database: Incidence - SEER 17 Regs Limited-Use + Hurricane Katrina Impacted Louisiana Cases, Nov 2008 Sub (2000-2006), National Cancer Institute, DCCPS, Surveillance Research Program, Cancer Statistics Branch, released April 2009, based on the November 2008 submission.
|Race||Gender||All Ages||0 to 19||20 to 29||30 to 39||40 to 49||50 to 59||60 to 69||70 to 79||80+|
|American Indian/Alaska Native||All||7.4||0.1||0.5||2.1||6.6||17.5||28.9||22.6||16.6|
|Asian or Pacific Islander||All||7.9||0.2||1.3||3.7||8.1||15.0||23.4||25.1||31.2|
- Statistics were generated from malignant cases only.
- Rates are expressed as cases per 100,000.
- Statistics are provided by the SEER Program for research purposes only.
- Hispanic and Non-Hispanic are not mutually exclusive from White, Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian or Pacific Islander.
- Statistics for Hispanics and Non-Hispanics are based on NHIA and do not include cases from the Alaska Natives and Kentucky registries.
- Statistics for American Indians/Alaska Natives only include cases from the Contract Health Service Delivery Area (CHSDA) counties.
- Due to the impact of Hurricane Katrina on Louisiana's population for the July - December 2005 time period, Louisiana cases diagnosed for that six-month time period have been excluded from these statistics.