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Stomach Cancer Prognosis: 2006 Estimates

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that 22,280 Americans (13,400 men and 8,880 women) would be diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2006. According to the ACS, an estimated 11,430 people would die of stomach cancer in the United States during 2006.
 

Stomach Cancer Prognosis: What Are Survival Rates?

Survival rates indicate the percentage of people who survive the disease for a specific period of time after their diagnosis.
 
Often, statistics refer to the five-year survival rate, which means the percentage of people who are alive five years after diagnosis, whether they have few or no signs or symptoms of cancer, are free of disease, or are receiving treatment. Survival rates are based on large groups of people; they cannot be used to predict what will happen to a particular patient. No two patients are exactly alike, and stomach cancer treatment and responses to treatment vary greatly.
 

Stomach Cancer Prognosis: Relative Survival Rates

Survival rates can be calculated by different methods for different purposes. The stomach cancer survival rates presented here are based on the relative survival rate, which measures the survival of the stomach cancer patients in comparison to the general population. The overall five-year relative stomach cancer survival rate for 1995-2001 was 23.2 percent.
 
Five-year relative survival rates for stomach cancer by race and sex were:
 
  • 19.9 percent for white men
  • 23.9 percent for white women
  • 21.5 percent for African American men
  • 24.2 percent for African American women.
 
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