Home » Trending Health News » Cancer Survival Rates Improving, Study Shows

Cancer Survival Rates Improving, Study Shows


A new study shows that more people are surviving cancer.

The study, which was led by Vanderbilt University’s Dr. Wei Zheng and published in the journal JAMA Oncology, found that middle-aged people (50 to 64) diagnosed with cancer between 2005 and 2009 were 39 to 68 percent more likely to be alive five years later, compared to people diagnosed in the early 1990s.

Zheng and his team based their findings on a study of more than a million people diagnosed with cancer of the colon, breast, prostate, lung, liver, pancreas, or ovary between 1990 and 2010.

“Pretty much all populations improved their cancer survival over time,” Zheng said. The only exception: ovarian cancer. Women aged 50 to 64 diagnosed between 1990 and 1994 had a survival rate of 47 percent. That rate hasn’t changed dramatically in the past two decades.

Still, on the whole the report brings good news. For example, between 1990 and 1994 five-year survival rates for lung cancer were just 13 percent — today, it’s 27 percent.

Unsurprisingly, Zheng credits better treatment options and improved cancer screenings for the overall improvement in survival rates. Still, there’s work to be done; for example, Zheng wants to know why the survival rate for people aged 75 to 85 rose by just 12 to 35 percent.

“In general our study shows different segments benefit differently from recent advances in oncology,” Zheng said. “We need to find out the reason.”

One popular theory for a lower survival rate among older adults is that many physicians may be reticent to pursue more aggressive and physically taxing treatments, such as chemotherapy.

But for now, that’s just a theory. “Additional research is needed to find the reasons why there are gaps,” Zheng said.

ADVERTISEMENT

More on ActiveBeat
  • Signs and Symptoms of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
    Non-melanoma skin cancer—a term used to describe basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)—affects more than 3.
    Trending Health News
  • 12 Incredible Health Benefits of Flaxseeds
    The flaxseed: it's one of the world's oldest superfoods. Consumed by humans for roughly 6,000 years, the flaxseed has long established itself as a source of important vitamins and...
    Trending Health News
  • The Incredible Health Benefits (and Risks) of Grapefruits
    This tangy fruit has a seriously bold taste which makes it a bit of an acquired taste, but it's worth a try because it's got some incredible health benefits!
    Trending Health News
  • Pancreatic Cancer: Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors, and Treatment
    Cancer of the pancreas is one of the more deadly forms of the disease – the American Cancer Society estimates that in 2018, about 55,440-people will be diagnosed in the U.S.
    Trending Health News
  • The Incredible Health Benefits of Apples
    There's nothing better than biting into a crisp red apple, especially in the season of fall when everyone is rushing to the nearest orchard to pick their own basket of apples (and...
    Trending Health News
  • Common Causes of Dry Mouth
    Do you suffer from a constant pasty, dry mouth? Most times, dry mouth is due to something simple, like dehydration or weather.
    Trending Health News
  • The Health Benefits of Eating Sunflower Seeds
    Sunflower seeds are one of those snacks we've all tried but probably don't enjoy on a regular basis.
    Trending Health News
  • Facts About Melatonin to Sleep On
    Melatonin is a subject that could put you to sleep...literally. It is the body's natural sleep hormone, but it is often bought as a supplement to help people with insomnia and jet...
    Trending Health News
  • The Incredible Health Benefits of Onions
    When we think of onions, whether it be sweet or red, we most likely think of them as a great cooking ingredient that adds terrific flavor and aroma to just about any dish.
    Trending Health News
  • The Incredible Health Benefits of Rosemary
    Dried or used fresh in culinary dishes or extracted as an oil and used in hand creams, soaps, and applied topically to treat chronic dry skin (eczema) and ward off insects—it...
    Trending Health News
  • Medical Causes of Night Sweats in Men and Women
    Have you ever awoken from a deep slumber, only to find that you're soaked in sweat? Whether your pillow is sopping wet or your sheets are drenched, sometimes there's no discernable...
    Trending Health News
  • Inforgraphic: Stomach Cancer Awareness in November
    November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month, when stomach cancer and other medical organizations raise knowledge about the fifth most common cancer, and the third leading cause of...
    Trending Health News
  • 7 Medical Facts on Stomach and Gastric Cancer
    November is awareness month for stomach and gastric cancer (they're different names for the same disease), so it's a perfect time to digest more information about it.
    Trending Health News
  • 6 Early Signs of Colorectal Cancer
    Colorectal cancer is one of the most dangerous forms of the deadly disease—in the United States, it's responsible for the second most cancer deaths.
    Trending Health News
  • Looking Up 6 Reasons to Get a Colonoscopy
    Just the word colonoscopy alone is enough to make some adults uncomfortable, but the truth is it does a lot more good than any possible harm and can help save your life.
    Trending Health News