Prognosis of Cancer


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About prognosis: The 'prognosis' of Cancer usually refers to the likely outcome of Cancer. The prognosis of Cancer may include the duration of Cancer, chances of complications of Cancer, probable outcomes, prospects for recovery, recovery period for Cancer, survival rates, death rates, and other outcome possibilities in the overall prognosis of Cancer. Naturally, such forecast issues are by their nature unpredictable.

Survival rate statistics for Cancer: The following are statistics from various sources about the survival rate for Cancer:
  • 64% of white people survive 5 years in the US 1992-99 (Cancer Facts and American Cancer Society, 2004)
  • 53% of African American people survive 5 years in the US 1992-99 (Cancer Facts and Figures, American Cancer Society, 2004)
  • 63% survive 5 years in the US 1992-99 (Cancer Facts and Figures, American Cancer Society, 2004)
  • 5-year survival rate for black people with cancer is 40.4% in the US 1983-90 (SEER)
  • 5-year survival rate for people with cancer is 53.9% in the US 1983-90 (SEER)
  • 5-year survival rate for white children under 15-years old with cancer is 69.7% in the US 1983-90 (SEER)
  • 5-year survival rate for white people with cancer is 55.5% in the US 1983-90 (SEER)

Average life years lost from Cancer: 15.0 years for cancers (SEER); 16.5 in North Carolina1; 7.8 average YPLL/person for cancer in Michigan2.
Deaths from Cancer: 555,500 annual deaths (SEER 2002 estimate)
Cause of death rank: 2nd top cause of death in 1999 and 2000 (CDC)
Complications: see complications of Cancer

Recurrence of Cancer discussion: Followup care ensures that any changes in health are identified, and if the cancer recurs, it can be treated as soon as possible. Checkups may include a careful physical exam, imaging procedures, endoscopy, or lab tests. 3

Footnotes:
1. Years of Potential Life Lost in North Carolina, NCMJ March/April 2002, Volume 63, Number 2
2. Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, MDCH, Michigan, USA
3. excerpt from What You Need To Know About Cancer - An Overview: NCI

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