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Bone Cancer Statistics on Survival

Survival rates can be calculated by different methods for different purposes. The survival rates presented here are based on the relative survival rate. The relative survival rate measures the survival of bone cancer patients in comparison to the general population to estimate the effect of cancer. The overall 5-year relative bone cancer survival rate for 1995-2001 was 69.4 percent.
 
The 5-year relative bone cancer survival rates by race and sex were:
 
  • 67.5 percent for Caucasian men
  • 72.1 percent for Caucasian women
  • 70.0 percent for African-American men
  • 68.4 percent for African-American women.
     

Bone Cancer Statistics on Stage

The bone cancer stage plays a role in the bone cancer prognosis. Based on historical data:
 
  • 41 percent of bone and joint cancer cases are diagnosed while the cancer is still confined to the primary site (localized stage)
  • 36 percent of bone and joint cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has spread to regional lymph nodes or directly beyond the primary site
  • 15 percent of bone and joint cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has already metastasized (distant stage)
  • 8 percent of bone and joint cancer cases had staging information that was unknown.
     
The corresponding 5-year relative bone cancer survival rates were:
 
  • 84.5 percent for localized
  • 69.4 percent for regional
  • 30.6 percent for distant
  • 62.2 percent for unstaged.
     
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