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Oropharyngeal Cancer

Statistics of Oropharyngeal Cancer

Each high-risk patient should understand as much as possible about any condition he or she may develop. These statistics and facts about oropharyngeal cancer serve as a starting point or basic knowledge of the condition for those patients at risk. With a good knowledge of this condition, patients can make better decisions about their health care.

  • Oral cavity cancer and oropharyngeal cancer are two kinds of oral cancer
  • Oropharyngeal cancer can occur in the back third of the tongue, soft palate, tonsils and back of the throat.
  • The American Cancer Society estimated that 35,000 oral cancer cases would be diagnosed in 2012.
  • Men are two times as likely to develop oral cancer—likely due to tobacco and alcohol use.
  • Some of the risk factors include tobacco use, alcohol consumption and lack of fruits and vegetables in the diet.
  • Many times, tumors in the mouth are benign. Some require treatment and other do not.
  • Most of the oral cancer diagnosed is squamous cell carcinomas—cancer in the lining of the cheeks, lips and throat.
  • The ability to treat the condition and the patient’s prognosis depends on the size, location and severity of the tumor.
  • Treatments may cause serious side effects that require rehabilitation.
  • Early detection may increase the doctor’s ability to treat the condition.
  • Rehabilitation is often required after surgery.
  • There is a risk of recurrence and developing a second form of head and neck cancer.

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