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Health Indicator Report of Incidence of Early-Stage Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer

Each year in the US, more than 30,000 new cases of cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx are diagnosed and over 8,000 deaths due to oral cancer occur. The 5-year survival rate for these cancers is only about 50 percent. Early detection is key to increasing the survival rate for these cancers. [1]


This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective CA-12. Data for White does not include Hispanics. Data for all other racial/ethnic groups are statistically unreliable (n<20). 2013 data are preliminary.

Data Source

New Jersey State Cancer Registry, Cancer Epidemiology Services, New Jersey Department of Health


Percentage of oral and pharyngeal cancers detected at the earliest stages ICD-O-3 codes: C00.0-C14.8 (excl. types 9590-9992) Early stage = in situ (Stage 0) and local (Stage 1)


Number of new cases of oral and pharyngeal cancer diagnosed at the in situ or local stage


Total number of new cases of oral and pharyngeal cancer diagnosed

Other Objectives

Objective CA-12: Increase the proportion of oral and pharyngeal cancers detected at the earliest stage to 36.9% among all races/ethnicities and 38.1% among Whites. Targets were not set for other racial/ethnic groups due to a small number of cases.

How Are We Doing?

The proportion of early stage oropharyngeal cancers has been fluctuating and not slowing increasing, keeping it far from its Healthy NJ 2020 target.

What Is Being Done?

A Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2008-2012 was developed by the Task Force on Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment in New Jersey which aims to reduce the incidence, illness, and death due to cancer among New Jersey residents.

Available Services

NJDOH has many programs and partnerships related to cancer resources, cancer information and cancer prevention. NJDOH Cancer Support Services: Interactive New Jersey cancer incidence and mortality mapping, as well as numerous publications, are available through the NJDOH website for cancer statistics and mapping:

Health Program Information

NJDOH cancer resources and initiatives:
Page Content Updated On 08/01/2016, Published on 11/07/2016
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Content updated: Wed, 28 Feb 2018 05:01:06 EST