• Spotting mouth cancer early is crucial for beating the disease. Early detection boosts our chances of survival from 50% to 90%.
  • Depending on where the cancer strikes, the one-year survival rate for mouth cancer is between 60% and 83%.
  • Survival rate after 10 years drops to between 19% and 58%.

  • Women have better one-year, five-year and 10-year survival rates compared to men.

  • Hypopharyngeal cancer has the lowest survival rate standing at just over 60% after one year and around 20% after 10 years.
  • Oropharyngeal cancer has the highest survival rate standing at just over 80% after one year and nearly 60% after 10 years.

Tongue cancer

  • 80% of men survive tongue cancer for at least one year.  This is predicted to fall to 60% surviving for five years or more.
  • Survival for women is similar with 81% surviving for one year or more, and 62% predicted to survive for at least five years.
  • The ten year survival rate for tongue cancer is 50% in men and 54% in women.

Oropharyngeal cancer

  • 84% of men survive oropharyngeal cancer for at least one year, and this is predicted to fall to 66% surviving for five years or more.

  • Survival for women is similar with 84% surviving for one year or more, and 66% predicted to survive for at least five years
  • The ten year survival rate for oropharyngeal cancer is 57% in men and 59% in women.

Oral cavity cancer

  • 78% of men survive oral cavity cancer for at least one year, and this is predicted to fall to 54% surviving for five years or more.

  • Survival for women is similar to men one year after diagnosis with 79% surviving for one year or more and higher than men at five years after diagnosis with 60% predicted to survive for at least five years.
  • The ten year survival rate for oral cavity cancer is 42%% in men and 49% in women.

Hypopharyngeal cancer

  • 60% of men survive hypopharyngeal cancer for at least one year, and this is predicted to fall to 27% surviving for five years.

  • Survival for women is similar with 61% surviving for one year or more, and 30% predicted to survive for at least five years.
  • The ten year survival rate for hypopharyngeal cavity cancer is 18% in men and 23% in women.