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 for long periods of time after a cancer diagnosis. This report looks at trends in 5-year survival rates for cancer, a common timeframe used by statisticians to measure survival rates. It is important to note that while many people may live without evidence of cancer during and beyond this period, some people may live long-term with their cancer, or experience a recurrence or progression of their cancer.

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. The relative survival ratio is defined as the observed survival in the patient group divided by the expected survival of a comparable group from the general population. This ratio represents survivors that are expected if cancer were the only cause of death in the cohort.

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