Survival

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For patients diagnosed with cancer in 2012, 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: 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, 1975–2012 with follow-up through 2017.

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All Cancer Sites Combined

By Sex
5-year relative survival for all cancer sites combined by sex, 1975-2012
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2012)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for all cancer sites combined by sex, 1975-2012 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 69.0 68.7 - 69.3
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 67.8 67.4 - 68.3
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 70.1 69.7 - 70.6
By Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for all cancer sites combined by race/ethnicity, 1992-2012
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2012)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for all cancer sites combined by race/ethnicity, 1992-2012 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 68.4 68.2 - 68.7
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 69.1 68.8 - 69.4
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 63.2 62.4 - 64.1
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 65.7 64.9 - 66.5
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 65.0 64.2 - 65.8
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 63.2 59.8 - 66.5

Top 4 Cancer Sites

Comparison of Top Cancer Sites
5-year relative survival for the most common cancers, 1975-2012
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2012)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for the most common cancers, 1975-2012 Colon and RectumClick to see the detailed trend graph for Colon and Rectum 65.5 64.3 - 66.6
Lung and BronchusClick to see the detailed trend graph for Lung and Bronchus 19.9 19.1 - 20.7
Female BreastClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female Breast 91.2 90.6 - 91.8
ProstateClick to see the detailed trend graph for Prostate 98.1 97.4 - 98.7
Colon and Rectum Cancer by Sex
5-year relative survival for colon and rectum cancer by sex, 1975-2012
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2012)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for colon and rectum cancer by sex, 1975-2012 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 65.5 64.3 - 66.6
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 65.5 63.9 - 67.1
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 65.5 63.8 - 67.1
Colon and Rectum Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for colon and rectum cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2012
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2012)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for colon and rectum cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2012 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 65.2 64.2 - 66.1
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 65.2 64.0 - 66.3
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 59.1 56.2 - 61.9
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 62.2 59.5 - 64.7
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 68.7 66.1 - 71.1
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 61.3 51.1 - 70.0
Lung and Bronchus Cancer by Sex
5-year relative survival for lung and bronchus cancer by sex, 1975-2012
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2012)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for lung and bronchus cancer by sex, 1975-2012 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 19.9 19.1 - 20.7
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 16.8 15.8 - 17.8
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 23.2 22.0 - 24.4
Lung and Bronchus Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for lung and bronchus cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2012
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2012)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for lung and bronchus cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2012 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 19.6 18.9 - 20.3
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 19.6 18.8 - 20.3
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 17.5 15.7 - 19.3
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 18.4 15.9 - 21.0
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 21.6 19.5 - 23.8
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 21.3 13.0 - 31.0
Female Breast Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for female breast cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2012
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2012)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for female breast cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2012 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 90.7 90.2 - 91.2
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 91.2 90.6 - 91.8
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 85.0 83.1 - 86.6
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 88.2 86.6 - 89.6
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 92.2 90.9 - 93.4
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 88.0 79.9 - 93.0
Prostate Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for prostate cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2012
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2012)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for prostate cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2012 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 97.9 97.3 - 98.4
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 97.8 97.1 - 98.4
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 96.8 95.0 - 98.0
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 95.0 93.1 - 96.4
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 95.5 93.1 - 97.1
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 86.6 67.9 - 94.8

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Statistics

Year Range

1975-2012

Recent Summary Trend Year Range

2008-2012

Summary Tables

Survival, Smoking, Obesity, Physical Activity

Recent Summary Trend

Rising

Desired Direction

Rising