Survival

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For patients diagnosed with cancer in 2013, 69.3% survived the cancer for at least five years.

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Background

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: The proportion of patients surviving cancer 5 years after diagnosis calculated in the absence of other causes of death. This  percentage is the proportion of observed cancer survivors in a cohort of cancer patients relative to the proportion of expected survivors.

Healthy People 2030 Target

  • The Healthy People 2030 Target for survival is pending revisions. This measure will be updated once the Healthy People 2030 target is finalized.

Healthy People 2030 is a set of goals set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Data Source

SEER Program, National Cancer Institute, 1975–2013 with follow-up through 2018.

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All Cancer Sites Combined

By Sex
5-year relative survival for all cancer sites combined by sex, 1975-2013
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2013)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for all cancer sites combined by sex, 1975-2013 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 69.3 69.0 - 69.6
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 67.6 67.1 - 68.1
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 71.0 70.5 - 71.4
By Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for all cancer sites combined by race/ethnicity, 2000-2013
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2013)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for all cancer sites combined by race/ethnicity, 2000-2013 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 67.1 66.9 - 67.3
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 67.4 67.2 - 67.6
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 62.3 61.7 - 62.8
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 65.9 65.4 - 66.5
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 64.7 64.0 - 65.4
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 60.2 57.4 - 62.9

Top 4 Cancer Sites

Comparison of Top Cancer Sites
5-year relative survival for the most common cancers, 1975-2013
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2013)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for the most common cancers, 1975-2013 Colon and RectumClick to see the detailed trend graph for Colon and Rectum 66.1 64.9 - 67.2
Lung and BronchusClick to see the detailed trend graph for Lung and Bronchus 22.0 21.2 - 22.8
Female BreastClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female Breast 91.8 91.2 - 92.4
ProstateClick to see the detailed trend graph for Prostate 97.9 97.2 - 98.4
Colon and Rectum Cancer by Sex
5-year relative survival for colon and rectum cancer by sex, 1975-2013
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2013)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for colon and rectum cancer by sex, 1975-2013 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 66.1 64.9 - 67.2
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 65.3 63.7 - 66.9
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 67.0 65.3 - 68.6
Colon and Rectum Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for colon and rectum cancer by race/ethnicity, 2000-2013
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2013)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for colon and rectum cancer by race/ethnicity, 2000-2013 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 64.3 63.7 - 65.0
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 64.8 64.0 - 65.5
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 58.7 56.8 - 60.5
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 62.4 60.5 - 64.2
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 65.1 63.0 - 67.1
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 69.3 60.6 - 76.5
Lung and Bronchus Cancer by Sex
5-year relative survival for lung and bronchus cancer by sex, 1975-2013
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2013)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for lung and bronchus cancer by sex, 1975-2013 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 22.0 21.2 - 22.8
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 17.3 16.3 - 18.4
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 26.9 25.7 - 28.2
Lung and Bronchus Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for lung and bronchus cancer by race/ethnicity, 2000-2013
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2013)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for lung and bronchus cancer by race/ethnicity, 2000-2013 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 20.3 19.9 - 20.8
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 20.3 19.8 - 20.8
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 18.4 17.2 - 19.7
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 18.9 17.2 - 20.6
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 22.4 20.7 - 24.1
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 18.2 12.0 - 25.6
Female Breast Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for female breast cancer by race/ethnicity, 2000-2013
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2013)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for female breast cancer by race/ethnicity, 2000-2013 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 90.3 89.9 - 90.7
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 91.5 91.1 - 91.9
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 81.4 80.1 - 82.6
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 88.5 87.5 - 89.4
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 90.8 89.8 - 91.8
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 89.3 83.0 - 93.3
Prostate Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for prostate cancer by race/ethnicity, 2000-2013
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2013)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for prostate cancer by race/ethnicity, 2000-2013 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 97.1 96.7 - 97.4
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 96.9 96.4 - 97.3
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 95.8 94.7 - 96.7
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 94.1 92.7 - 95.2
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 95.8 93.9 - 97.1
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 90.5 76.9 - 96.3

Additional Information on Survival

Year Range

1975-2013

Recent Summary Trend Year Range

2009-2013

Summary Tables

Survival, Smoking, Obesity, Physical Activity

Recent Summary Trend

Stable

Desired Direction

Rising