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are more than 10 million cancer survivors in the U.S. today. The
five-year survival rate for all cancers diagnosed between 1996 and 2003
is 66%, which is up from 50% from 1975-1977. This improvement is due to
earlier diagnosis and improved treatment.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer
in women and the second most common cause of cancer death in women.
After increasing steadily for many years, the overall incidence of
breast cancer has decreased by 3.5% per year since 2001.
Breast cancer death rates have also
steadily decreased. Since 1990, death rates in women younger than 50
decreased 3.3% per year and 2% per year in women over 50. This decrease
represents progress in both earlier detection and improved treatment.
Survival rates for breast cancer continue to
increase. The five-year survival rate for localized breast cancer
(cancer that has not spread to lymph nodes or other locations outside
the breast) has increased from 80% in the 1950's to 98% today. If cancer
has spread regionally, (lymph nodes) the five-year survival rate is
84%. For women with distant spread, (metastasis) the five-year survival
rate is 27%.
Breast cancer survival declines somewhat after five
years. The survival rate for all cancer states combined is 80%*
compared to 89% at five years.
*10-year survival rates represent detection and
treatment circumstances five to 15 years ago and may underestimate the
expected survival based on current conditions and methods of detection
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer
in both men and women and the third most common cause of cancer death in
both. Colorectal cancer incidence rates have been decreasing since
1985, with a steeper decline in recent years (2.3% from 1998-2004) due
primarily to increased screening and earlier detection.
The five-year survival rate for all persons with
colorectal cancer is 64%. The 10-year survival rate is 57%. When
colorectal cancer is diagnosed at a localized stage the five-year
survival rate is 90%, however, less than 40% of colon cancers are
diagnosed at this stage. Following the recommended colonoscopy screening
guidelines beginning at age 50 (every 10 years) could significantly
increase the number of colon cancers found at a curable stage. After
cancer has spread to nearby organs or lymph nodes the five-year survival
rate drops to 68%, while distant spread reduces the five-year survival
rates to 10%.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men
and the second most common cause of cancer death in men. Incidence rates
increased from 1988-1992, declined from 1992-1995 and have leveled off
since 1995. The incidence of prostate cancer is significantly higher in
The overall survival rate for prostate cancer has
improved significantly from 69% to almost 99% due to earlier diagnosis
and treatment. 90% of all prostate cancers are discovered in local or
regional stages. The five-year survival rate of these cancers is
Lung cancer is the number 2 type of cancer
diagnosed in both men and women, but the number one cause of death in
both. After a long period of increase, the incidence of lung cancer
continues to decline significantly in men, and is finally reaching a
plateau in women.
The five-year survival rate for all lung cancer
cases combined is 15%. It is 49% for those diagnosed with local disease,
but only 16% are diagnosed at this stage. Smoking cessation/prevention
could significantly reduce mortality because smoking accounts for
approximately 87% of all lung cancer deaths.
5-year survival rates for other cancers are as follows:
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