Statistics of Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Nasopharyngeal Cancer Statistics

Nasopharyngeal Cancer (NPC) is uncommon in the United States. Every year, Less than one person out of 100,000 people gets an NPC diagnosis. NPC is more common in the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia, particularly in southeast China. The disease can occur at any age, also in children. About 50% of people with the disease are under age 55.

The 5-year survival rate reveals what percent of people live at least five years after the cancer detection. The 5-year survival rate is 61% for people with Nasopharyngeal Cancer. However, survival rates depend on various factors, including the tumour’s location and if or where it has spread, called the stage.

  • If the cancer is present only in the nasopharynx, the 5-year survival rate is 85%. 
  • If cancer has spread to nearby tissues or organs or regional lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 71%. 
  • The 5-year survival rate is 49% if there is a distant spread to other body parts. 

Talk to the doctor about what to expect with your specific diagnosis.

It is noteworthy that statistics on the survival rates for people with eye cancer are estimated.