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Oropharynx cancer burden is shifting to older men

Key clinical point: Current trends in the U.S. oropharynx cancer epidemic suggest the disease will become one largely affecting elderly white men.

Major finding: In white men, oropharynx cancer incidence accelerated among those born during 1927-1939 and during 1939-1955 (by 3.5% and 5.3%, respectively, per 2-year birth cohort), but moderated among those born during 1955-1969 (by 1.7% per 2-year birth cohort).

Study details: A population-based cohort study using Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results registry data for the years 1992-2015.

Disclosures: Dr. Tota reported receiving travel, accommodations, and expenses from Merck. The study was supported by the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute.


Tota JE et al. J Clin Oncol. 2019 Apr 26. doi: 10.1200/JCO.19.00370.