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Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Oropharyngeal Cancer

Oropharyngeal cancer is the ninth most common cancer diagnosed in men and the incidence rate for men is more than twice as high as that for women. About 70% of cancers in the oropharynx are linked to human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted virus. [ ^1^]


This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective CA-6.

Data Sources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Compressed Mortality File. CDC WONDER On-line Database accessed at
  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, State Data Center, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Deaths with malignant neoplasm (cancer) of the lip, oral cavity and pharynx as the underlying cause of death ICD-10 codes: C00-C14


Number of deaths due to cancer of the lip, oral cavity and pharynx


Total number of persons in the population

Healthy People Objective: Reduce the oropharyngeal cancer death rate

U.S. Target: 2.3 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)
State Target: 2.0 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)

Other Objectives

'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective CA-6''': Reduce the age-adjusted mortality rate due to oropharyngeal cancer per 100,000 standard population to 2.0 for the total population, 1.8 among Whites, 3.6 among Blacks, 1.0 among Hispanics, and 1.5 among Asians.

How Are We Doing?

Although the age-adjusted death rate for this cancer has been holding relatively steady around 2.0 for the overall population, higher death rates among Blacks continue to decrease. Age-adjusted death rates among males are triple that of females.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The age-adjusted death rate due to oropharyngeal cancer is statistically significantly lower among New Jersey residents than among the nation as a whole.

Evidence-based Practices

To lower your risk for head and neck cancers, don't use tobacco products, limit the amount of alcohol you drink, and avoid indoor tanning. [ ^1^]

Available Services

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has many programs and partnerships related to cancer resources, cancer information and cancer prevention. []
Page Content Updated On 07/14/2017, Published on 07/21/2017
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Content updated: Wed, 23 May 2018 05:01:08 EDT