Cancer survival rates continue to go up, with about two out of three Americans diagnosed with invasive cancer now living for at least five years.
About two out of three Americans diagnosed with invasive cancer now live for at least five years—adding up to nearly 14 million cancer “survivors” today, according to a report from the CDC.
Among the most common cancers, five-year survival is highest for prostate (97 percent) and breast (88 percent), intermediate for colorectal (63 percent), and lowest for lung (18 percent). The highest five-year survival rate is in people under 45 (81 percent) and decreases with age. Still, half of people age 75 or older live at least five years after diagnosis.
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