The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers in the United States for 2013:
- About 36,000 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer.
- An estimated 6,850 people will die of these cancers.
- These cancers are more than twice as common in men as in women.
Oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers occur most often in the following sites:
- The tongue
- The tonsils and oropharynx
- The gums, floor of the mouth, and other parts of the mouth
The average age of most people diagnosed with these cancers is 62, however a little more than one-quarter occur in patients younger than 55.