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Survival Rates for Colon Cancer Based on Stage

The stage of colon cancer plays a role in survival rates. Based on historical data:
  • 39 percent of colon cancer cases are diagnosed while the disease is still confined to the primary site (localized stage)
  • 37 percent of cases are diagnosed after the cancer has spread to regional lymph nodes or directly beyond the primary site
  • 19 percent of colon cancer cases are diagnosed after the disease has already metastasized (distant stage)
  • 5 percent of cases had staging information that was unknown.
The corresponding five-year relative colon cancer survival rates were:
  • 90.4 percent for localized
  • 68.1 percent for regional
  • 9.8 percent for distant
  • 34.6 percent for unstaged.
(Click Colon Cancer Statistics for more facts and figures.)
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