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Health Indicator Report of Cancer Incidence - Oral Cavity and Pharynx

Oral and pharyngeal cancers form in tissues of the lips, mouth, tongue, salivary glands, tonsils, and pharynx. Each year, oral and pharyngeal cancers account for nearly 3% of all new cancer cases and 1.6% of all cancer deaths in the U.S, which represents 48,000 cases and 9,600 deaths. The five-year survival rate is 65%. New Mexico has averaged 316 new cases of oral and pharyngeal cancers each year between 2010 and 2015. These rates have remained relatively stable in New Mexico over time, which is consistent with national trends. Tobacco and alcohol use are among the biggest risk factors for developing oral cavity and pharyngeal cancers.


Data have been age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population. **The count or rate in certain cells of the table has been suppressed either because 1) the observed number of events is very small and not appropriate for publication, or 2) it could be used to calculate the number in a cell that has been suppressed. For survey queries, percentages calculated from fewer than 50 survey responses are suppressed.

Data Sources

  • Numerator: The New Mexico Tumor Registry, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center,
  • New Mexico Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program,


Cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx incidence refers to the number of persons newly diagnosed with cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx during a specified time period. Measures include 1) the number of newly diagnosed cancer of the oral cavity and pharynxcases; and 2) age-adjusted cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx incidence rates (adjus


The number of cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx cases newly diagnosed in New Mexico residents within a specified time period.


The estimated population of New Mexico residents within a specified time period.

Other Objectives

CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking, Nationally Consistent Data and Measures (EPHT NCDM)
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Content updated: Thu, 16 May 2019 10:54:21 MDT