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Quick Quiz: Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancers

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Oral cavity cancer, which starts in the mouth, and oropharyngeal cancer, which starts in the oropharynx, are 2 of the most common types of malignancies that develop in the head and neck region of the body.1,2 According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 53,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer in 2019, and approximately 10,860 people will die from these diseases.1 How much do you know about oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers?

Oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers account for 3% of all new cancer cases in the United States.3 These malignancies are more than twice as common in men as in women and about as equally common in African Americans and whites.1 However, incidence rates for these cancers in African Americans has decreased by >2% each year from 2006 to 2015, whereas the rate for human papillomavirus (HPV)-positive oral cancers has increased in whites by >1% each year in the same time frame.3 The overall 5-year survival rate for all stages of oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers is 65%.3 Public awareness of these cancers needs to remain a priority to increase survival rates and improve patient quality of life.