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Mortality RatesFrom 1998 to 2003, the median age at death for lung cancer was 71 years of age. The percentages of people who died from lung cancer based on age were:
- 0.0 percent died under age 20
- 0.1 percent between 20 and 34
- 1.7 percent between 35 and 44
- 7.7 percent between 45 and 54
- 19.3 percent between 55 and 64
- 32.1 percent between 65 and 74
- 30.2 percent between 75 and 84
- 8.6 percent 85+ years of age.
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Survival RatesSurvival rates can be calculated by different methods for different purposes. The lung cancer survival rates presented here are based on the relative survival rate. The relative survival rate measures the survival of cancer patients in comparison to the general population to estimate the effect of cancer. The overall 5-year relative lung cancer survival rate for 1995-2002 was 15.0 percent. The 5-year relative lung cancer survival rates by race and sex were:
- 13.4 percent for white men
- 17.4 percent for white women
- 10.5 percent for black men
- 14.5 percent for black women.
Statistics on Stage ImpactThe lung cancer stage plays a role in a person's prognosis. Based on historical data:
- 16 percent of lung cancer cases are diagnosed while the cancer is still confined to the primary site (localized stage).
- 37 percent of lung cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has spread to regional lymph nodes or directly beyond the primary site.
- 39 percent of lung cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has already metastasized (distant stage).
- 8 percent of lung cancer cases had staging information that was unknown.
The corresponding 5-year relative survival rates were:
- 49.3 percent for localized
- 15.5 percent for regional
- 2.1 percent for distant
- 7.9 percent for unstaged.