Pharyngeal Cancers Are On The Rise
Oral and pharyngeal cancers are on the rise in the U.S., according to a July 8 report from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and prominent cancer societies. Death rates for oropharyngeal cancers are also increasing for some groups.
The report, titled “Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer,” appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Death rates from cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx have increased by 0.6% per year for men and remained stable for women, the researchers found. Incidence rates of oropharyngeal cancer also increased for both men and women by 0.9% and 0.5% per year, respectively.
These trends contradict the larger findings of the report in which overall cancer death rates have declined for men and women, as well as for all racial and ethnic groups. The increase in oropharyngeal cancer cases likely stems from changes in sexual practices and smoking rates, the authors noted.
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