Oral Cancer Prevalence (Total Number of Cases) by Age

Oral cancer prevalence has decreased from the mid 1960s until the latest (2004) National Cancer Institute Survey.

Table 1 presents oral cancer prevalence in total number and percent of population for adult men and women of all ages.

Oral Cancer Prevalence (Table 1)

  • In 2004 approximately 157,000 (0.11% of) men and 87,000 (0.07% of) women had oral cancer.
  • There are more people with oral cancer in older age groups.

Table 1: Oral Cancer, Total Number of Cases by Gender and Age

Total number of US oral cancer cases and percent of population, by selected characteristics, 2004
Source: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, National Cancer Institute
U.S. 2006 cancer prevalence counts are based on 2006 cancer prevalence proportions from the SEER 9 registries (San Francisco, Connecticut, Detroit, Hawaii, Iowa, New Mexico, Seattle, Utah, and Atlanta) and 1/1/2006.

  Gender All Ages 0 to 9 10 to 19 20 to 29 30 to 39 40 to 49 50 to 59 60 to 69 70 plus
Total Number Male 157,250 23  492 1318 3276 14,407 37,003 40,095 60,638
Female 87,223 101  501 1668 3489 8222 15,686 18,110 39,446
Percent of Total Population Male 0.0732 not enough data 0.0018 0.0050 0.0144 0.0548 0.1667 0.2775 0.6367
Female 0.0372 0.0004 0.0022 0.0066 0.0142 0.0289 0.0607 0.1009 0.2926
Last Reviewed on
February 2018