New trends report for head & neck cancer published

The Registry has published a trends report (number 24) on head & neck cancer addressing incidence, mortality treatment and survival for this cancer.

Graph of head & neck cancer treatment

The latest cancer trends report addresses head & neck cancer. It shows that this cancer accounted 2.9% of all malignant neoplasms and 213 deaths in the period 2010-2012. The incidence rate has been climbing at 1% per annum for men and 1.4% per annum for women, and the median age at diagnosis has fallen from 67 to 63 years for women and from 64 to 63 years for men. Between 1994-2011, 67% of patients have received radiotherapy, and survival has increased from 46% to 54% between the periods 1994-1999 and 2006-2011. Finally, tobacco and alcohol are well established risk factors for this cancer.

A full summary of the report can be found in the Publications section

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