Lessons learned from the INHANCE consortium: An overview of recent results on head and neck cancer

Stefania Boccia, Gabriella Cadoni, Paolo Boffetta, Chen Chen, Pagona Lagiou, Erica Negri, Francesca Bravi, Yuan-Chin Amy Lee, Mia Hashibe, David I. Conway, Monica Ferraroni, Carlo La Vecchia, Valeria Edefonti, Antonio Agudo, Wolfgang Ahrens, Simone Benhamou, Paul Brennan, Hermann Brenner, Cristina Canova, Chu ChenShu-Chun Chuang, Maria Paula Curado, Luigino Dal Maso, Alexander W Daudt, Gypsyamber D'Souza, Eleonora Fabianova, Leticia Fernandez, Silvia Franceschi, Werner Garavello, Maura Gillison, Neil D Gross, Richard B Hayes, Claire Healy, Rolando Herrero, Ivana Holcatova, Karl Kelsey, Kristina Kjaerheim, Rosalina Koifman, Philip Lazarus, Fabio Levi, Guojun Li, Jolanta Lissowska, Daniele Luce, Gary J Macfarlane, Dana Mates, Keitaro Matsuo, Michael Mcclean, Ana Menezes, Gwenn Menvielle, Hal Morgenstern, Raquel A Moyses, Kirsten Moysich, Joshua Muscat, Eva Negri, Andrew F Olshan, Tamas Pandics, Jerry Polesel, Mark P Purdue, Loredana Radoï, Heribert Ramroth, Lorenzo Richiardi, Stimson Schantz, Stephen M Schwartz, Diego Serraino, Oxana Shangina, Elaine Smith, Erich M Sturgis, Beata Świątkowska, Peter Thomson, Tatiana N Toporcov, Thomas L Vaughan, Marta Vilensky, Deborah M Winn, Victor Wunsch-Filho, Guo-Pei Yu, Jose P Zevallos, Zuo-Feng Zhang, Tongzhang Zheng, Ariana Znaor

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Objective: To summarize the latest evidence on head and neck cancer epidemiology from the International Head and Neck Cancer Epidemiology (INHANCE) consortium. Subjects and Methods: INHANCE was established in 2004 to elucidate the etiology of head and neck cancer through pooled analyses of individual-level data on a large scale. We summarize results from recent INHANCE-based publications updating our 2015 overview. Results: Seventeen papers were published between 2015 and May 2020. These studies further define the nature of risks associated with tobacco and alcohol, and occupational exposures on head and neck cancer. The beneficial effects on incidence of head and neck cancer were identified for good oral health, endogenous and exogenous hormonal factors, and selected aspects of diet related to fruit and vegetables. INHANCE has begun to develop risk prediction models and to pool follow-up data on their studies, finding that ~30% of cases had cancer recurrence and 9% second primary cancers, with overall- and disease-specific 5-year-survival of 51% and 57%, respectively. Conclusions: The number and importance of INHANCE scientific findings provides further evidence of the advantages of large-scale internationally collaborative projects and will support the development of prevention strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-93
Number of pages21
JournalOral Diseases
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • head and neck cancer
  • laryngeal cancer
  • risk factors
  • pooled analysis
  • prognostic factors
  • oral cavity cancer


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