Endometrial Cancer Survival Rates
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|What Is The Survival Rate For Endometrial Cancer?
Most cancer survival rates are based on the number of patients who are still alive 5 years after diagnosis. Of course many people go on to live much longer than this, and may even be cured, but it is still the standard way doctor’s talk about prognosis (outlook). There is a slight difference between 5-year survival rates and 5-year 'relative' survival rates. The first compares cancer patients with each other while the latter compares cancer patients with healthy people the same age. Relative survival rates are considered better for viewing the overall impact of the cancer because a patient’s likelihood of dying from another cause (such as another disease or unfortunate accident) compared to the general population will also be taken into account. When all types of endometrial cancer cases are combined the 5-year relative survival rate is about 83 percent.
Most of these cases are diagnosed at an early stage and have a 5-year survival rate of 96 percent. Remember these statistics only give an overall picture. Every woman's cancer is unique to her so these figures cannot predict what will happen in individual cases.
Nearly all cancers of the uterus start in the endometrium (the inner lining of the womb). The most common form of uterine cancer (nearly 80 percent of cases) is endometrioid carcinoma or adenocarcinoma. The figures below are based on women diagnosed between 2000 and 2002 with endometrial adenocarcinoma and are derived from the National Cancer Database.
5-Year Relative Survival Rates for Uterine Carcinosarcoma
Uterine carcinosarcoma (CS) is another type of cancer that starts in the endometrium. It is much rarer than endometrial adenocarcinoma and highly aggressive. The following are the 5-year survival rates of the disease. They have been sourced from the SEER program rather than the National Cancer Institute. The stages are based on an older system of staging, so are not quite as useful. More recently for example what was traditionally considered stage 3 might now be considered stage 1 or 2. For this reason it may be harder for a woman today to apply the statistics to her own situation.
Uterine Carcinosarcoma Survival Rates
Also, read about the dangers of endometrial cancer recurrence.
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