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What are the chances of surviving colon cancer if you are in your mid sixties?

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What are the chances of surviving colon cancer if you are in your mid sixties?

Postby ashwyn » Sat Aug 20, 2011 1:33 pm

Does age make a difference in battling it? Does anyone have any survival stories of anyone they know or about themselves who is in their 50's, 60's or even 70's?
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What are the chances of surviving colon cancer if you are in your mid sixties?

Postby acair » Sat Aug 20, 2011 1:44 pm

First and foremost, the stage of cancer at the moment of detection is the most important determinant in surviving cancer.

In the sources section I have posted two links.

1) Colon/Rectum Cancer Survival Data (National Cancer Institute, United States): The chart shows that there is a positive correlation between age at diagnosis and mortality rates. HOWEVER, these survival rates are generally calculated by determining the percent of patients still alive after 5 years. Younger patients obviously have a greater chance of living 5 years of greater (post-diagnosis) compared to older patients.

2) Colon Cancer Survival Data (Cancer Research UK): This chart shows that there is a SLIGHT difference in 5-year survival rates.
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