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The stage of liver cancer plays a role in the liver cancer prognosis. Based on historical data:
- 31 percent of liver cancer cases are diagnosed while the cancer is still confined to the primary site (localized stage)
- 26 percent are diagnosed after the cancer has spread to regional lymph nodes or directly beyond the primary site
- 22 percent are diagnosed after the cancer has already metastasized (distant stage)
- In 22 percent of the cases, the staging information was unknown.
The corresponding five-year relative liver cancer survival rates based on stage were:
- 19.0 percent for localized
- 6.6 percent for regional
- 3.4 percent for distant
- 3.3 percent for unstaged.
From 1998-2002, the average age of people who died from liver cancer was 71 years of age.
The percentages of people who died from liver cancer based on age were:
- 0.5 percent died under age 20
- 0.8 percent died between 20 and 34
- 3.2 percent died between 35 and 44
- 13.0 percent died between 45 and 54
- 17.4 percent died between 55 and 64
- 26.8 percent died between 65 and 74
- 27.4 percent died between 75 and 84
- 10.9 percent died at 85+ years of age.
The age-adjusted liver cancer death rate was 4.7 per 100,000 men and women per year. These rates are based on patients who died in 1998-2002 in the United States. Death rates for liver cancer by race and sex were:
|All Races||6.8 per 100,000 men||3.0 per 100,000 women|
|White||6.2 per 100,000 men||2.7 per 100,000 women|
|Black||9.5 per 100,000 men||3.8 per 100,000 women|
|Asian/Pacific Islander||15.4 per 100,000 men||6.5 per 100,000 women|
|American Indian/Alaska Native||7.9 per 100,000 men||4.3 per 100,000 women|
|Hispanic||10.7 per 100,000 men||5.1 per 100,000 women|