Racial disparities in oropharyngeal cancer stage at diagnosis

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Aim: To evaluate the impact of race on disease stage at diagnosis in patients with oropharyngeal cancer. Patients and Methods: The cohort included 18,791 adult patients diagnosed with oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma between 2004 and 2012, from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results 18 Database. Results: After adjusting for age, sex, marital status, tumor site, and year of diagnosis, black race was associated with increased risk of presenting with Stage III or IV disease (OR 1.24, p=0.016), T3 or T4 tumors (OR 2.16, <0.001), distant metastasis (OR 2, p<0.001), and unresectable tumors (OR 1.65, p<0.001). Race was not associated with risk of presenting with nodal metastasis diagnosis (OR 0.93, p=0.241). Conclusion: Black race is associated with increased risk of advanced disease presentation in oropharyngeal cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)835-840
Number of pages6
JournalAnticancer Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Head and neck cancer
  • Health status disparities
  • Minority health
  • Oropharynx cancer
  • SEER Program


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