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Oral cavity cancer statistics

To provide the most current cancer statistics, statistical methods are used to estimate the number of new cancer cases and deaths until actual data become available.

Incidence and mortality

Incidence is the total number of new cases of cancer. Mortality is the number of deaths due to cancer.

In 2017, an estimated:

  • 4,700 Canadians were diagnosed with oral cavity cancer.
  • 1,250 Canadians died from oral cavity cancer.
  • 3,200 men were diagnosed with oral cavity cancer and 860 died from it.
  • 1,450 women were diagnosed with oral cavity cancer and 400 died from it.

For more information about cancer statistics, go to the Canadian Cancer Statistics publication.

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