INTRODUCTION

One question commonly asked by someone newly diagnosed, or their caregiver is about their chance of beating the disease, the survival rates for their cancer.

Thanks to our partners at the Centers for Disease Control and National Center for Health Statistics, we are able to assist customers to understand how medical treatment and performance has matured. For the article we analyzed how survival rates have progressed across different types of cancer since 1930.

WHERE HAS PROGRESS BEEN MADE

While each form of cancer and person is unique, we found that treatment for stomach and uterine cancer have made tremendous strides over the last 80+ years. Since 1930, survival rates have improved by 78% for men and 51% for women respectively.

Women are also seeing improved success when being diagnosed with Uterine cancer. In 1930, survival rates were ~64%, now they are ~93%. That is a 46% improvement over the last 82 years.

Below are two tables that provide more detail on the data supporting these statements.

Figure 1: Mortality Rates for Women

Mortality Rates

*Per 100,000, age adjusted to the 2000 US standard population.
†Uterus refers to uterine cervix and uterine corpus combined.

Source: US Mortality Volumes 1930 to 1959, US Mortality Data 1960 to 2012, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Figure 2: Mortality Rates for Men

*Per 100,000, age adjusted to the 2000 US standard population.

Source: US Mortality Volumes 1930 to 1959, US Mortality Data 1960 to 2012, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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