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Rectal Cancer Survival Rates Based on Stage

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