List of cancer mortality rates in the United States

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Map of leukemia mortality in black females in the U.S. 1950-94.

Different types of cancer can vary wildly in their prognosis. While the stage of cancer at diagnosis is most relevant to the survival of an individual patient, the type of cancer suggests an overall survival rate of the population.

The figures below are an overall reflection of mortality rates throughout the U.S. population. For example, those diagnosed with breast or prostate cancer have a much better outcome than those diagnosed with lung or stomach cancer. In most statistical records, cancers are grouped by location, although some cancers of the same location can have extremely variable survival rates depending on the type of cancer. For example, stage 1 pancreatic adenocarcinoma has a 5-year survival rate of 12%, while stage 1 pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors have a 5-year survival rate of 61%.[1]

Between 2007 and 2013, the percentage of cancer patients alive within five years after cancer diagnosis are displayed in the table below.[2] These figures represent all deaths, whether due to the cancer itself, or death from another cause in a person with cancer.

  1. Oral cancer 64.5%
Lip cancer 90%
Hypopharynx cancer 33%
  1. Esophageal cancer 19%
  2. Stomach cancer 30.6%
  3. Small intestine cancer 67.5%
  4. Colorectal cancer 64.9%
  5. Hepatic and bile duct cancer 17.6%
  6. Gallbladder cancer 18.2%
  7. Pancreatic cancer (all types) 8.2%
  8. Laryngeal cancer 60.7%
  9. Lung cancer (all types) 18.1%
Mesothelioma 9%
  1. Tracheal cancer 52.9%
  2. Bone cancer (all types) 67.7%
  3. Soft tissue, not otherwise specified 64.4%
  4. Skin cancer (excluding basal and squamous) 91.7%
  5. Breast cancer 89.7%
Breast cancer in situ* 100%
  1. Uterine cancer 29.8%-82.7%
  2. Ovarian cancer 46.5%
  3. Cervical cancer 67.1%
  4. Prostate cancer 98.6%
  5. Testicular cancer 95.1%
  6. Bladder cancer 77.3%
  7. Renal cancer 74.1%
  8. Ocular cancer 82.7%
  9. Brain cancer
Glioma
Meningioma
Glioblastoma 4%[3]
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma 0%
  1. Myeloma 49.6%
  2. Leukemia
Acute lymphocytic 68.2%
Acute myelomonocytic 24%
Chronic lymphocytic 83.2%
Chronic myeloid 66.9%
  1. Hodgkin's lymphoma 86.4%
  2. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma 71%
  3. Thyroid cancer 98.2%
  • While breast cancer in situ is not a true cancer (lacking the invasive nature of cancer), physicians often present the diagnosis of cancer to patients. In recent years, this has been controversial, as it artificially inflates the rates of breast cancer.

This is not a complete list of cancer mortality rates as published by the NCI. These figures are at least five years old and do not reflect recent advances in medicine that have improved the detection and treatments of cancer and their outcomes. Again, these are average death rates that should not be assumed to apply to individuals, whose prognoses will vary depending on age, sex, race, general health, swiftness of detection, type of treatment, progression of disease, and complicating factors.

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