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Oral cancer statistics

Oral Cancer Doughnut

  • 6,767 people in the UK were diagnosed with oral cancer in 2011.
  • There were 2,119 deaths from oral cancer in the UK in 2012.
  • 91% (93% in males and 85% in females) of oral cancer cases each year in the UK are linked to major lifestyle and other risk factors.


Stats, info and publications

See our Key Stats for a summary of the main stats and information.

See in-depth statistics for Incidence, Mortality, and Risk factors.

Download our publications about these statistics:

The latest statistics available for oral cancer in the UK are; incidence 2011 and mortality 2012. Reliable survival data for the UK is currently not available. Find out why these are the latest statistics available

Unless otherwise stated, the ICD codes for oral cancer used are ICD-10 C00-C06, C09-C10 and C12-C14 (which include the lip, tongue, mouth, oropharynx, piriform sinus, hypopharynx and other and ill-defined sites of the lip, oral cavity and pharynx).

There is no standard definition of oral cancer and different studies report data using different combinations of ICD codes so caution needs to be used when making comparisons between analyses. 

Specific questions and answers about some of Cancer Research UK's statistics and information and explanations on terminology used for statistics and reporting of cancer, and the methods used to calculate some of the statistics are also available.


We would like to acknowledge the essential work of the cancer registries in the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Cancer Registries, without which there would be no data. 

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Updated: 5 December 2014