International Cancer of the Head and Neck, Genetics and Environment (InterCHANGE) Study in East Asia


The Interchange Study in East Asia will examine lifestyle and genetic risk factors for head and neck cancer.

We hope to identify protective factors against head and neck cancer, relevant for the US population, because despite the high smoking prevalence, the incidence rates are low in East Asia compared to other regions.

Some Statistics

In East Asia, 68,500 individuals are diagnosed with head and neck cancer each year.

Each year, 26,800 individuals die of head and neck cancer in East Asia.

Approximately 62% of men and 6% of women smoke tobacco in East Asia.