Key Statistics for Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) is quite rare. In most parts of the world (including the United States), there's less than one case for every 100,000 people each year.

This cancer is much more common in certain parts of South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. In some parts of China there are as many as 21 cases per 100,000 people. It's also more common among Inuits of Alaska and Canada.

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.

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American Society of Clinical Oncology. Nasopharyngeal Cancer: Statistics. 07/2017. Accessed at on April 19, 2018.

Sinha S, Bhimji SS. Cancer, Nasopharynx. [Updated 2017 Oct 5]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2018 Jan-. Accessed at on April 19, 2018.

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