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Survival rates can be calculated by different methods for different purposes. The liver cancer survival rates presented here are based on the relative survival rate, which measures the survival of the cancer patients in comparison to the general population to estimate the effect of cancer. The overall five-year relative liver cancer survival rate for 1995-2001 was 9.0 percent.
Five-year relative survival rates for liver cancer by race and sex were as follows:
- 7.4 percent for white men
- 10.6 percent for white women
- 5.5 percent for black men
- 4.6 percent for black women.
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.
Based on rates from 2000-2002, 0.65 percent (or 1 out of 153) of the men and women born today will be diagnosed with liver cancer at some point during their lifetime. These statistics are called the lifetime risk of developing cancer.