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Oral Cavity & Pharynx Cancer Incidence by Year and Sex, 1990 to 2020

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Why Is This Important?

During 2020, 857 male and 400 female New Jersey residents were diagnosed with cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx. The most common sites for oral cavity and pharynx cancers are the tongue, floor of the mouth, gums, lip, tonsil, or lower pharynx. The most common risk factors for getting cancer of the oral cavity are tobacco use (both cigarette smoking and smokeless/chewing tobacco) and drinking alcoholic beverages in excess.


Incidence rate of invasive oral cavity and pharynx cancer for a defined population in a specified time interval. Rates are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. Standard Population. Rates are per 100,000 population.

Data Notes

  • Data have been age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population.
  • Incidence rates (cases per 100,000 population per year) are age-adjusted to the 2000 US standard population (19 age groups: <1, 1-4, 5-9, ..., 80-84, 85+). Rates are for invasive cancer only (except for bladder cancer which is invasive and in situ) or unless otherwise specified. 2020 data are considered preliminary and should not be used in trend analyses; an approximate 10% decrease in the number of cancer cases diagnosed in 2020 compared to 2019, is partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients experienced difficulties scheduling medical appointments and cancer screening tests in 2020.

Data Sources

How the Measure is Calculated

  • Numerator:

    Number of new cases of oral cavity and pharynx cancer among a defined population in a specified time interval.
  • Denominator:

    Defined population in a specified time interval.

Related Health Objectives and Indicators

Environmental Public Health Tracking Indicator CA-91

Description: Incidence of oral cancer

Health Care System Factors

See [] for oral cancer screening recommendations.

Risk Factors

See [] for oropharyngeal cancer risk factors.

Related Risk Factors Indicators:

Health Status Outcomes

See [] for the current 5-year survival rate for oropharyngeal cancer.

Related Health Status Outcomes Indicators:

Health Topic Pages Related to: Incidence of Oral Cavity and Pharynx Cancer

Indicator Data Last Updated On 10/24/2023, Published on 05/24/2024
Cancer Epidemiology Services, New Jersey Department of Health, PO Box 369, Trenton, NJ 08625-0369, e-mail: (