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

Each year in the US, nearly 40,000 new cases of cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx are diagnosed and nearly 9,000 deaths due to oral cancer occur. The 5-year survival rate for these cancers is only about 59 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). 2014 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

'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 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 oropharyngeal cancers that are diagnosed early is generally decreasing and moving away from Healthy New Jersey 2020 targets.

Available Services

NJDOH has many programs and partnerships related to cancer resources, data, information, and prevention. []

Health Program Information

NJDOH cancer resources: []
Page Content Updated On 05/07/2018, Published on 05/16/2018
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Content updated: Wed, 23 May 2018 05:01:08 EDT