List of cancer mortality rates in the United States

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.

Map of leukemia mortality in black females in the U.S. 1970-94.

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/</ref>

Age is also a factor. For seniors above 65 diagnosed with Glioblastoma, the survival rate is as low as 4%, however, for babies born with it, the survival rate can be up to 42%.

Between 2007 and 2013, the percentage of people with cancer alive at five years after diagnosis are displayed in the table below.[1] These figures represent all deaths, whether due to cancer itself, or death from another cause in a person with cancer. The NCI currently estimates an overall 5 year survival rate of 67.1% for 2009-2015[2]

Five year survival by typeEdit

Note: 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, gender, race, general health, the swiftness of detection, type of treatment, the progression of the disease, and complicating factors. Also, survival for 5 years doesn't mean a good outcome for some conditions, most notably Melanoma, which almost always is eventually fatal, but patients can expect to live for 3-6 years with current treatments.

Type Five year survival rate Ten year survival rate (If possible)
All Cancers 71.1% 52%
Oral cancer 60% 50%
Lip cancer 91% 89%
Hypopharynx cancer 33% 18%
Heart cancer 10% 1%
Esophageal cancer 19% 15%
Stomach cancer 30.6% 28%
Small intestine cancer 67.5% 63%
Colorectal cancer 64.9% 59%
Liver and bile duct cancer 22% 17%
Gallbladder cancer 18.2% 9%
Pancreatic cancer (all types) 8.2% 2.2%
Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor 61% 50%
Laryngeal cancer 60.7% 60%
Lung cancer (all types) 18.1% 7%
Mesothelioma 9% 3%
Tracheal (Windpipe) cancer 52.9% 50%
Bone cancer (all types) 67.7% 56%
Soft tissue, not otherwise specified 64.4% 62%
Skin cancer (excluding basal and squamous) 91.7% 90%
Breast cancer 89.7% 81%
Breast cancer in situ 100% 100%A
Uterine cancer 29.8%-82.7% 74%
Ovarian cancer 46.5% 42%
Cervical cancer 67.1% 61%
Prostate cancer 98.6% 91%
Testicular cancer 95.1% 87%
Bladder cancer 77.3% 71%
Appendix cancer 88% 81%
Renal cancer 74.1% 69%
Ocular cancer 82.7% 79.7%
Brain cancer 33% 12%
Glioblastoma 7% 5% [3]
Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (brain stem) <1% 0%
Myeloma (plasma blood cell cancer) 52% 18%
Non lymphoma lymph node cancer 48% 39%
Hodgkin's lymphoma 86.4% 76%
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma 71% 52%
Thyroid cancer 98.2% 94.6%
Leukemia, acute lymphocytic 68.2% 51%
Leukemia, acute myelomonocytic 24% 9%
Leukemia, chronic lymphocytic 83.2% 69%
Leukemia, chronic myeloid 66.9% 50%

A 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.


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  2. ^ "Cancer Stat Facts: Cancer of Any Site". National Cancer Institute. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
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