Standard screening test: Oral examination

  • Mortality rates for cancers of oral cavity and pharynx have declined by 2.4% per year for males between 2001 and 2010. Mortality rates in females are stable between 2001 and 2010.
  • The age-standardized mortality rate has fallen 45%, from 6.2 deaths per 100,000 in 1986 to a projected rate of 3.4 deaths per 100,000 in 2015.
  • These rates likely reflect patterns of smoking prevalence.

Additional facts & information:

5 Year Survival

  • Stage 0 – no data
  • Stages 1&2 – 83%
  • Stage 3 – 63%
  • Stage 4 – 38%

About 65% of cases are diagnosed late, at stage 3 or stage 4.