The earlier oral cavity and pharynx cancer is caught, the better chance a person has of surviving five years after being diagnosed. For oral cavity and pharynx cancer, 29.8% are diagnosed at the local stage. The 5-year survival for localized oral cavity and pharynx cancer is 83.7%.
For oral cancer, death rates are higher among males, particularly those of African American descent. The percent of cancer deaths is highest among people aged 55-64.
In the United States, the 5-year relative survival rate of patients with oral cavity and pharynx cancer, during the diagnosis period 2007-2013, was 64.5 %.
In 2014, there were an estimated 346,902 people living with oral cavity and pharynx cancer in the United States.(13)