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Cancer Survival Rate Statistics by Type of Cancer

  • Synopsis: Published: 2010-07-15 (Revised/Updated 2015-06-09) - Cancer rate survival statistics compare patients diagnosed with cancer with the survival rate of people in the general population - Disabled World (Disabled World).

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Quote: "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
Pancreatic cancer94%
Liver cancer83.9%
Lung cancer83.4%
Esophageal cancer82.7%
Stomach cancer72.3%
Brain cancer66.5%
Ovarian cancer55.8%
Laryngeal cancer39.4%
Oral cancer37.8%
Colon cancer35.1%
Bone cancer33.6%
Rectal cancer33.5%
Cervical cancer32.1%
Kidney cancer28.2%
Bladder cancer22.1%
Uterine cancer18.5%
Breast cancer10.8%
Skin cancer8.7%
Thyroid cancer2.3%
Prostate cancer0.8%

Reference: (Statistics from the period between 2003 and 2009)

Survival percentages:

In the past cancer was considered to be fatal. However, nowadays it has come to be recognized as a curable illness.

  • Breast cancer, the most common tumor in women, presents a high survival percentage: 83% of patients have survived this type of cancer after five years.
  • Lung cancer is one of the most aggressive tumors and survival after five years is very low: only 10% of patients diagnosed with a malignant neoplasm survive for more than five years.
  • Colorectal cancer (of the colon and rectum), the most common malignant tumor if we group men and women together, presents an average survival rate of 50-55% five years after diagnosis, meaning that half the patients survive this form of cancer.
  • Prostate cancer, today the most common tumor in men, has an increasingly favorable prognosis, with a global survival rate of 76%, which is higher in young adults.
  • Ovarian cancer presents a very varied prognosis depending on age: whilst 70% of the group between 15 and 44 years survives this form of cancer, this is the case for only 19% of those over 74 years-old.
  • Testicular cancer, a rare malignant tumor that mainly affects middle-aged males, is the tumor with the best prognosis, with a 95% survival rate five years after diagnosis.
  • Skin melanoma displays one of the highest survival rates, reaching values over 85%, although there are European countries where recovery exceeds 90%.
  • Hodgkin's lymphoma displays high recovery with survival greater than 92% amongst young people, although amongst elderly groups it fails to reach 50%.

Related Information:

  1. Cancer Statistics: 22% Drop in Mortality Rate over Past 20 Years - American Cancer Society - (2014-12-31)
  2. Possible 19M Cancer Survivors in U.S. by 2024 - American Cancer Society - (2014-06-02)
  3. Survival Rate for Advanced-stage Prostate Cancer Patients with Surgery - Mayo Clinic - (2011-05-15)

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