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Overall Lung Cancer Survival RatesSurvival rates can be calculated by different methods for different purposes. The survival rates presented here are based on the relative survival rate. The relative survival rate measures the survival of lung 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 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.
Lung Cancer Survival Rate Based on StageThe lung cancer stage plays a role in the survival rate for lung cancer. 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 lung cancer survival rates were:
- 49.3 percent for localized
- 15.5 percent for regional
- 2.1 percent for distant
- 7.9 percent for unstaged.
(Click Lung Cancer Statistics for more statistics on lung cancer.)