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For cancers diagnosed in 2007, 69.0% survived the cancer for at least five years.

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Introduction

Advances in the ways that cancer is diagnosed and treated have increased the number of people who live disease-free for long periods of time. This report looks at trends in 5-year survival rates for cancer, the time period traditionally associated with good prognosis. However, some people will experience a recurrence of their cancer after 5 years.

Measure

Five-year relative cancer survival rate. The proportion of patients surviving cancer 5 years after diagnosis calculated in the absence of other causes of death. This rate is a ratio (expressed as a percentage) of the proportion of observed survivors in a cohort of cancer patients to the proportion of expected survivors. This report shows survival rates for cancers of the prostate, female breast, colon/rectum, and lung/bronchus. It also shows survival rates for all cancers combined.

Healthy People 2020 Target

  • Increase the proportion of cancer survivors who are living 5 years or longer after diagnosis.

Healthy People 2020 is a set of goals set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Data Source

SEER Program, National Cancer Institute, 1975–2007 with follow-up through 2012.

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All Cancer Sites Combined

By Sex
5-year relative survival for all cancer sites combined by sex, 1975-2007
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2007)
Percent surviving Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for all cancer sites combined by sex, 1975-2007 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 69.0 (68.7 - 69.4)
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 70.0 (69.6 - 70.5)
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 67.9 (67.5 - 68.4)
By Race/Ethnicity
5-year cause-specific survival for all cancer sites combined by race/ethnicity, 1992-2007
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2007)
Percent surviving Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year cause-specific survival for all cancer sites combined by race/ethnicity, 1992-2007 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 68.8 (68.5 - 69.0)
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 69.4 (69.1 - 69.6)
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 63.5 (62.7 - 64.3)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 67.3 (66.5 - 68.1)
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 67.0 (66.2 - 67.8)
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 58.6 (55.3 - 62.0)

Top Cancer Sites

Comparison of Top Cancer Sites
5-year relative survival for the most common cancers, 1975-2007
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2007)
Percent surviving Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for the most common cancers, 1975-2007 Colon and RectumClick to see the detailed trend graph for Colon and Rectum 66.5 (65.4 - 67.6)
Lung and BronchusClick to see the detailed trend graph for Lung and Bronchus 18.2 (17.5 - 19.0)
Female BreastClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female Breast 91.0 (90.4 - 91.6)
ProstateClick to see the detailed trend graph for Prostate 99.7 (99.2 - 100.2)
Colon and Rectum Cancer by Sex
5-year relative survival for colon and rectum cancer by sex, 1975-2007
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2007)
Percent surviving Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for colon and rectum cancer by sex, 1975-2007 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 66.5 (65.4 - 67.6)
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 66.8 (65.2 - 68.3)
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 66.2 (64.6 - 67.9)
Colon and Rectum Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year cause-specific survival for colon and rectum cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2007
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2007)
Percent surviving Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year cause-specific survival for colon and rectum cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2007 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 66.5 (65.7 - 67.3)
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 66.6 (65.7 - 67.5)
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 61.0 (58.5 - 63.4)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 66.6 (64.2 - 69.1)
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 70.7 (68.4 - 73.0)
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 48.6 (39.5 - 57.7)
Lung and Bronchus Cancer by Sex
5-year relative survival for lung and bronchus cancer by sex, 1975-2007
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2007)
Percent surviving Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for lung and bronchus cancer by sex, 1975-2007 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 18.2 (17.5 - 19.0)
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 15.6 (14.7 - 16.6)
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 21.1 (19.9 - 22.2)
Lung and Bronchus Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year cause-specific survival for lung and bronchus cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2007
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2007)
Percent surviving Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year cause-specific survival for lung and bronchus cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2007 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 20.1 (19.5 - 20.8)
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 20.5 (19.8 - 21.3)
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 15.6 (13.8 - 17.4)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 17.4 (14.9 - 19.8)
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 22.0 (19.7 - 24.2)
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 17.0 (8.4 - 25.7)
Female Breast Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year cause-specific survival for female breast cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2007
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2007)
Percent surviving Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year cause-specific survival for female breast cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2007 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 89.1 (88.7 - 89.5)
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 89.7 (89.3 - 90.2)
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 81.7 (80.1 - 83.4)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 87.7 (86.3 - 89.1)
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 91.7 (90.5 - 92.8)
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 87.2 (81.5 - 92.9)
Prostate Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year cause-specific survival for prostate cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2007
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2007)
Percent surviving Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year cause-specific survival for prostate cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2007 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 94.5 (94.3 - 94.8)
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 94.7 (94.4 - 95.0)
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 92.7 (91.8 - 93.6)
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 93.4 (92.3 - 94.4)
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 95.1 (94.1 - 96.1)
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 87.2 (80.0 - 94.3)

Year Range

1975-2007

Recent Summary Trend Year Range

2003-2007

Summary Tables

Survival, Smoking, Obesity, Physical Activity

Recent Summary Trend

Rising

Desired Direction

Rising