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Data show “alarming” rise in oral cancers among people in their 40s

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 12 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3293
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    The incidence of oral cancers, such as cancers of the mouth, tongue, and lip, in the United Kingdom has risen by around a quarter in the past decade among people in their 40s, new figures show.

    The data, from Cancer Research UK, show that from 1996 to 2006 the annual number of cases of oral cancer in men in their 40s rose from 2470 to 3540 (equivalent after adjustment for population change and annual fluctuation to a rise in incidence of 25%), while that of women in their 40s rose from 1352 to …

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