Survival

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For patients diagnosed with cancer in 2011, 69.6% 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, 1975-2011
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2011)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for all cancer sites combined by sex, 1975-2011 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 69.6 69.3 - 69.9
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 69.3 68.9 - 69.8
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 69.8 69.4 - 70.3
By Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for all cancer sites combined by race/ethnicity, 1992-2011
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2011)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for all cancer sites combined by race/ethnicity, 1992-2011 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 68.8 68.5 - 69.1
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 69.8 69.5 - 70.1
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 62.6 61.7 - 63.4
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 65.9 65.1 - 66.6
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 64.5 63.6 - 65.3
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 58.0 54.5 - 61.2

Top 4 Cancer Sites

Comparison of Top Cancer Sites
5-year relative survival for the most common cancers, 1975-2011
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2011)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for the most common cancers, 1975-2011 Colon and RectumClick to see the detailed trend graph for Colon and Rectum 65.7 64.5 - 66.8
Lung and BronchusClick to see the detailed trend graph for Lung and Bronchus 20.4 19.6 - 21.2
Female BreastClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female Breast 91.4 90.7 - 92.0
ProstateClick to see the detailed trend graph for Prostate 99.2 98.4 - 99.6
Colon and Rectum Cancer by Sex
5-year relative survival for colon and rectum cancer by sex, 1975-2011
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2011)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for colon and rectum cancer by sex, 1975-2011 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 65.7 64.5 - 66.8
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 65.3 63.6 - 66.8
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 66.1 64.4 - 67.8
Colon and Rectum Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for colon and rectum cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2011
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2011)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for colon and rectum cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2011 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 64.6 63.7 - 65.6
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 65.6 64.4 - 66.7
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 55.2 52.3 - 58.0
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 61.9 59.2 - 64.5
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 65.5 62.9 - 68.0
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 60.4 50.8 - 68.8
Lung and Bronchus Cancer by Sex
5-year relative survival for lung and bronchus cancer by sex, 1975-2011
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2011)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for lung and bronchus cancer by sex, 1975-2011 Both SexesClick to see the detailed trend graph for Both Sexes 20.4 19.6 - 21.2
MaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Male 16.7 15.7 - 17.8
FemaleClick to see the detailed trend graph for Female 24.2 23.1 - 25.4
Lung and Bronchus Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for lung and bronchus cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2011
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2011)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for lung and bronchus cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2011 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 19.9 19.2 - 20.6
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 19.9 19.1 - 20.7
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 18.0 16.2 - 20.0
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 16.3 14.1 - 18.7
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 21.4 19.3 - 23.5
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 22.1 14.1 - 31.2
Female Breast Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for female breast cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2011
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2011)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for female breast cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2011 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 90.8 90.3 - 91.3
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 92.0 91.4 - 92.6
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 82.0 80.1 - 83.8
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 88.7 87.2 - 90.1
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 90.7 89.3 - 91.9
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 89.9 80.9 - 94.8
Prostate Cancer by Race/Ethnicity
5-year relative survival for prostate cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2011
Overview Graph Detailed Trend Graphs Most Recent Estimates (2011)
Percent surviving 95% Confidence Interval
Thumbnail of graph for 5-year relative survival for prostate cancer by race/ethnicity, 1992-2011 All RacesClick to see the detailed trend graph for All Races 98.7 98.1 - 99.1
WhiteClick to see the detailed trend graph for White 98.9 98.3 - 99.3
BlackClick to see the detailed trend graph for Black 95.4 93.8 - 96.6
HispanicClick to see the detailed trend graph for Hispanic 95.5 93.6 - 96.8
Asian/Pacific IslanderClick to see the detailed trend graph for Asian/Pacific Islander 97.6 95.1 - 98.8
American Indian/Alaska NativeClick to see the detailed trend graph for American Indian/Alaska Native 87.4 69.6 - 95.1

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Statistics

Year Range

1975-2011

Recent Summary Trend Year Range

2007-2011

Summary Tables

Survival, Smoking, Obesity, Physical Activity

Recent Summary Trend

Rising

Desired Direction

Rising