Mortality Around 2,701 people in the United Kingdom lose their life to mouth cancer every year. That's 7 people every day. Mouth cancer is the 17th most common cause of cancer death in the UK, accounting for around 2% of all cancers deaths. In men, mouth cancer in the 16th most common cause of cancer death in the UK, with around 1,835 deaths. In women, mouth cancer is the 18th most common cause of cancer death in the UK, with around 844 deaths. The most deadly mouth cancer is cancer of the tongue, accounting for over a quarter (28%) of all mouth cancer deaths last year. Men are far more likely to die from mouth cancer than women. Men account for 70% of mouth cancer deaths compared to only 30% for women. Deaths from mouth cancer are heavily linked to the stage of diagnosis.