What are the key statistics about nasopharyngeal cancer?
Nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) is fairly rare. In most parts of the world (including the United States), there is less than one case for every 100,000 people each year. In 2015, about 3,200 cases will occur in the United States.
This cancer is, however, much more common in certain parts of Asia and North Africa, particularly in southern China. It is also more common among Inuits of Alaska and Canada, and among some immigrant groups in the United States, such as recent Chinese and Hmong immigrants.
The risk of NPC increases slowly throughout life, but it can occur in people of any age, including children. About half of the people with NPC in the United States are younger than 55 years old.
Last Medical Review: 01/15/2015
Last Revised: 03/03/2015