Improvements in 5-year survival rates between 1975 and 2012 for the most common cancers

Between 1975 and 2012, the 5-year survival rate for breast cancer improved from a rate of 75 percent to a rate of 91 percent. This means that in 1975, 75 percent of women had not died of their breast cancer 5 years after diagnosis, but by 2012 this percentage increased to 91 percent.

The 5-year survival rate for lung cancer improved from a rate of 12 percent to a rate of 19 percent.

The 5-year survival rate for prostate cancer improved from a rate of 68 percent to a rate of 99 percent.

The 5-year survival rate for colon cancer improved from a rate of 50 percent to a rate of 66 percent.

The 5-year survival rate for bladder cancer improved from a rate of 72 percent to a rate of 79 percent.