Survival Rates in Young Adults With Cancer

  • Breast cancer: about 80% to 85%
  • Hodgkin lymphoma: about 90% to 95%
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: about 75%
  • Melanoma: about 95%
  • Soft tissue sarcoma (not including rhabdomyosarcoma): about 70%
  • Osteosarcoma: about 65%
  • Ewing sarcoma: about 50%
  • Ovarian cancer: about 80%
  • Cervical cancer: about 80% to 85%
  • Thyroid cancer: nearly 100%
  • Testicular cancer: about 95%
  • Colorectal cancer: about 65%
  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML): about 50%
  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL): about 50%
  • Brain tumors: about 65%

Survival rates are based on previous outcomes of large numbers of people who had the disease, but they are at best rough estimates and can’t predict what will happen in any one person’s case. The type of cancer is important in estimating outlook. But many other factors can also be important, such as the person’s age, where the cancer is, if it has spread, and how well the cancer responds to treatment. If you have cancer, your doctor is your best source of information on survival, as he or she is familiar with your situation.

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