When it comes to cancer, the old magic number was 5, meaning a majority of cancer survivors did not live past 5 years or it would come back within 5 years, but that has significantly changed according to new research.
People who are diagnosed with cancer are now seeing success rates climb to 66% when it comes to still living after 5 years, a new report from the Center for Disease Control has indicated. The CDC report shows that 2 out of every 3 invasive cancer patients go on to live past that dreaded 5-year mark, which is good news for the millions of Americans suffering with this disease.
The research indicated that the new technology put into place and the screenings for various cancers have been able to find the cancer a lot sooner than previous technology allowed. The advancement in technology has given people a much earlier diagnosis, when then leads to a better chance of survival past 5 years. The CDC used the number of cancer cases that have been reported to the cancer registery in 2011, which found out there was 451 cases of a cancer diagnosis per every 100,000 people. Prostate, lung, breast, and colon were among the top forms of cancer from the 2011 statistics.
As far as the survival rate, prostate cancer had a whopping 97% survival rate, while breast cancer was at 88% and 18% for lung cancer. The researchers also noted that there was not a big different in the numbers of cancer cases per gender, not including prostate cancer, but there is still a difference of survival rates among racial groups. White people had a 65% chance to survive cancer beyond 5 years, but black people only had about a 60% survival rate, so it’s a very interesting racial dynamic from a research prospective.
What is very interesting about this research is that it shows a lot of promise towards hopefully one day wiping out cancer all together. As the technology advances along with the treatment options for cancer, people who are diagnosed no longer have to feel that they are going to die, and it’s starting to appear cancer will soon just be another chronic health condition, instead of a death sentence. Even 10 or 20 years ago, the survival rates for cancer was significantly lower, especially beyond the 5 year point. What this research is showing is that soon we will be able to detect cancer right away, which means we can better target the cells, and hopefully start treatments even sooner, especially for the more invasive cancers. Lung cancer is still one of the most-deadly cancers, this research shows that it’s still one of the lowest survival rates past 5 years, so technology and treatment still needs to be improved to better the odds for this type of cancer though.