As a group, head and neck cancers (including cancers of the mouth) account for about 4 percent of all cancers in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. An estimated 65,410 people are expected to be diagnosed with head and neck cancer in 2020. Fortunately, the number of people with head and neck cancer and mortality associated with this disease has been decreasing over the past 20 years.
The majority of head and neck cancer patients are over the age of 50. Men are two to three times more likely to develop the disease than women. More than twice as many men than women have head and neck cancer.