In Switzerland about 1400 new cases of head and neck cancer are diagnosed each year, about 500 die of it.
Worldwide an estimated 887,000 new cases of head and neck cancer were diagnosed in 2018, more than 453,000 died of it.
Head and neck cancer is more common among men than women. The incidence of head and neck cancer increases with age. Although most patients are between age 50 to 70 years, the incidence in younger patients is increasing, related to cancers (primarily oropharyngeal) caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
85 percent of head and neck cancer cases are linked to tobacco use, and secondhand smoke may also increase a person's risk.
Frequent and heavy alcohol consumption.
More than 70% of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck are estimated to be avoidable by lifestyle changes, particularly by effective reduction of exposure to well-known risk factors such as tobacco smoking and alcohol drinking.
There is no proven way to completely prevent head and neck cancer, but the risk could potentially be lowered by: