CANCER CAN BE CONQUERED PART-1
MEDICAL NEWS |
March 13, 2015
Two Thirds of U.S. Patients with Invasive Cancer Survive 5 Years or More
By Cara Adler
Nearly two in three people with invasive cancer survive at least 5 years after diagnosis, according to an MMWR study of U.S. cancer statistics for 2011. Invasive cancer excludes basal and squamous cell skin cancers and non-bladder in situ cancers.
Among the findings:
- More than 1.5 million new cases were diagnosed in 2011, with an age-adjusted incidence of 451 per 100,000 population.
- Incidence was higher in males than females, but survival was similar.
- Blacks had higher incidence and lower survival than whites.
- The most common sites were prostate (14%), breast (14%), lung (14%), colorectal (9%), and cervical (1%).
- Five-year survival rates were 97% for prostate, 88% for breast, 68% for cervical, 63% for colorectal, and 18% for lung cancers.
These data can be used to target cancer prevention and control programs to groups that might derive the most benefit, the authors note. For example, public health officials have used registry data to identify regions with high melanoma rates to pilot a program on skin cancer prevention.
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