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Esophageal Cancer Blogs and New Data
So I have been surfing around wordpress.com and there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of blogs by people who have EC.
Come out, come out wherever you are. There are new stats you need to see. Insomuch as EC is still a very deadly type of cancer, things are looking up.
Baby steps, remember always baby steps…
Statistics Update from the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s 2008 annual report.
Cancer trends and death rates.
Esophageal cancer still remains on an upward swing in the 2008 data. There were 16, 470 estimated new cases in 2008 and there were sadly, 14,280 estimated deaths. Only pancreatic cancer with 37, 680 new cases and 34,290 deaths had a higher mortality rate. Liver cancer is a very close third with with 21,370 new cases in 2008 and 18,410 deaths, only a few tenths of percentage points behind esophageal cancer.
On a more positive note, the 5 year survival rate for esophageal cancer has risen from 5% in 1975-77 to 16% in 1996-2003. That is a very positive trend and points to the progress and improvements in surgery outcomes over 20 years.
The report did not break down the data by stage of tumor, but should be on the NCI website shortly, if not already, since this is based upon federal data.