Oral Cancers Rise Among People In 40s

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The incidence of oral cancers, such as cancers of the mouth, tongue, and lip, in the United Kingdom has risen by around a quarter in the past decade among people in their 40s, new figures show.

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The data, from Cancer Research UK, show that from 1996 to 2006 the annual number of cases of oral cancer in men in their 40s rose from 2470 to 3540 (equivalent after adjustment for population change and annual fluctuation to a rise in incidence of 25%), while that of women in their 40s rose from 1352 to 1785 (equivalent to a rise of 24%).

In men and women of all ages rates of oral cancer have risen by more than 45% since records began in 1975.

Each year in the UK around 5000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed and around 1800 people die from the disease.

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