Survival

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For patients diagnosed with cancer in 2010, 69.3% 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: 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 2020 Target

  • Increase the proportion of cancer survivors who are living 5 years or longer after diagnosis to 71.7 percent.

Healthy People 2020 is a set of goals set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Note: Goals are indicated as blue line on Detailed Trend Graphs.

Data Source

SEER Program, National Cancer Institute, 1975–2010 with follow-up through 2015.

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All Cancer Sites Combined

By Sex
5-year relative survival for all cancer sites combined by sex, 1975-2010
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2010)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for all cancer sites combined by sex, 1975-2010 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 69.6 69.1 - 70.0
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 69.0 68.6 - 69.5
By Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for all cancer sites combined by race/ethnicity, 1992-2010
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2010)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for all cancer sites combined by race/ethnicity, 1992-2010 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 68.5 68.3 - 68.8
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 69.5 69.2 - 69.8
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 62.4 61.5 - 63.2
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 65.8 65.0 - 66.6
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 64.2 63.3 - 65.0
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 58.1 54.7 - 61.3

Top 4 Cancer Sites

Comparison of Top Cancer Sites
5-year relative survival for the most common cancers, 1975-2010
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2010)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for the most common cancers, 1975-2010 Colon and RectumClick to see the detailed trend graph for Colon and Rectum 66.2 65.0 - 67.3
Lung and BronchusClick to see the detailed trend graph for Lung and Bronchus 19.3 18.5 - 20.0
Female BreastClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female Breast 90.9 90.2 - 91.5
ProstateClick to see the detailed trend graph for Prostate 99.5 98.6 - 99.8
Colon and Rectum Cancer by Sex
5-year relative survival for colon and rectum cancer by sex, 1975-2010
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2010)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for colon and rectum cancer by sex, 1975-2010 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 66.2 65.0 - 67.3
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 66.1 64.5 - 67.7
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 66.2 64.6 - 67.9
Colon and Rectum Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for colon and rectum cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2010
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2010)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for colon and rectum cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2010 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 65.7 64.7 - 66.7
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 66.4 65.2 - 67.5
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 58.9 56.1 - 61.7
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 64.9 62.1 - 67.5
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 66.3 63.8 - 68.8
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 54.4 44.4 - 63.4
Lung and Bronchus Cancer by Sex
5-year relative survival for lung and bronchus cancer by sex, 1975-2010
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2010)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for lung and bronchus cancer by sex, 1975-2010 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 19.3 18.5 - 20.0
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 16.5 15.5 - 17.5
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 22.3 21.2 - 23.5
Lung and Bronchus Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for lung and bronchus cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2010
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2010)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for lung and bronchus cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2010 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 19.1 18.5 - 19.8
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 19.5 18.8 - 20.3
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 16.0 14.2 - 17.8
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 17.0 14.6 - 19.5
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 20.0 18.0 - 22.2
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 12.1 6.4 - 19.7
Female Breast Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for female breast cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2010
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2010)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for female breast cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2010 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 90.2 89.6 - 90.7
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 91.2 90.6 - 91.8
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 80.3 78.3 - 82.2
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 85.9 84.1 - 87.5
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 91.8 90.4 - 93.0
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 89.5 80.9 - 94.4
Prostate Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for prostate cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2010
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2010)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for prostate cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2010 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 99.0 98.4 - 99.3
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 99.1 98.4 - 99.5
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 96.4 94.7 - 97.5
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 95.2 93.4 - 96.6
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 97.1 94.7 - 98.4
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 90.3 75.0 - 96.5

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Statistics

Year Range

1975-2010

Recent Summary Trend Year Range

2006-2010

Summary Tables

Survival, Smoking, Obesity, Physical Activity

Recent Summary Trend

Rising

Desired Direction

Rising