"In the past cancer was considered to be fatal. However, nowadays it has come to be recognized as a curable illness."
Cancer survival statistics are typically expressed as the proportion of patients alive at some point subsequent to the diagnosis of their cancer.
Relative survival - An estimate of the percentage of patients who would be expected to survive the effects of their cancer.
Observed survival - The actual percentage of patients still alive at some specified time after diagnosis of cancer. It considers deaths from all causes, cancer or otherwise.
Statistics compare the survival of patients diagnosed with cancer with the survival of people in the general population who are the same age, race, and sex and who have not been diagnosed with cancer.
Survival statistics don't take into account other medical conditions you have.
Because survival statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient.
If your health is otherwise perfect, you're likely to have a greater chance of survival than the statistics suggest. So while cancer survival rates can give a general idea about most people in your situation, they can't give your individual chances for cure or remission. For that reason, some people ignore cancer survival rate statistics. Remember, no two patients are entirely alike, and treatment and responses to treatment can vary greatly.
|Percentage of patients deceased within 5 years after diagnosis|
Reference: www.cancer.gov/statistics/find (Statistics from the period between 2003 and 2009)
In the past cancer was considered to be fatal. However, nowadays it has come to be recognized as a curable illness.
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