It's important to note that all the different tumor stages are combined in these survival statistics. So, if a tumor is diagnosed at an early stage (stage 1), the survival rate will likely be higher than shown here. Likewise, if a tumor is diagnosed at a late stage (stage 4), the survival rate will likely be lower than shown here.
Five-Year Survival Statistics by Cancer Type
- Adenocarcinoma: 47%
- Carcinoid: 75%
- Melanoma: 20%
- Mucinous adenocarcinoma: 42%
- Sarcoma: 20%
- Signet ring cell: 19%
Source: Gattaj, G. and Ciccolallo, L. "Differences in Colorectal Cancer Survival Between European and US Populations: The Importance of Sub-Site and Morphology." European Journal of Cancer 39.15 (Oct. 2003): 2214-2222. PubMed. 20 Aug. 2006 [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=14522381&dopt=Abstract].