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Comparative Effectiveness and Safety of Radiotherapy Treatments for Head and Neck Cancer

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Health Impact of Head and Neck Cancer in the United States

Head and neck cancer arising in the oral cavity, salivary glands, larynx, hypopharynx, oropharynx, nasopharynx, nasal cavity, and paranasal sinuses accounts for 3 to 5 percent of all cancer in the United States. Since the comparative effectiveness review was published in May 2010, new estimates on head and neck cancer incidence and mortality have been reported.  Estimates of new cases of head and neck cancer have increased from 47,560 in 2008 to 49,260 in 2010. The estimated number of deaths related to head and neck cancer have also increased, from 11,260 in 2008 to 11,480 in 2010.