Which Cancers Have the Best Survival Rates?

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Did you know that the cancer prognosis of cancer is largely determined by the stage at which it is diagnosed? Successful treatment is influenced by a variety of variables, and researchers frequently use the 5-year survival rate to evaluate the prognosis of various cancers. This represents the percentage of people who continue to live for five years after receiving a cancer diagnosis. Read on to know which cancers have the highest 5-year relative survival rates.

Breast cancer

Testicular cancer

  • Testicular cancer has a 99% relative survival rate after five years for localised tumours that are present in the testicles
  • Survival rates for regional tumours which have spread to tissues or lymph nodes close to the testicles are 95% 
  • Testicular cancer is usually treated by the removal of one or both testicles
Survival Rate of Cancers

Thyroid cancer

  • At stages 1 and 2, the 5-year relative survival rate for thyroid cancer is 95%
  • Most thyroid cancers develop slowly, providing more time for treatment
  • The thyroid gland can be removed to effectively treat cancer, even when it has progressed to nearby throat tissues


  • Around 93.7% of melanoma patients survive the disease five years after diagnosis at stage 1
  • It has a high survival rate due its ease of detection in the body
  • The likelihood of survival increases when melanoma is detected and treated early on in the disease’s course
  • If not found in the early stages, melanoma can spread beneath the skin’s surface and become more difficult to remove

Cervical cancer

  • All localised stages of cervical cancer have a 5-year relative survival rate of 70%
  • The malignant cells in cervical cancer grow relatively slowly, even in the later stages. Therefore, treatment can still be successful

Hodgkin’s lymphoma

  • The 5-year relative survival rate for Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 80% during stages 1 and 2
  • Hodgkin’s lymphoma has a high relative survival rate because it responds effectively to radiation therapy
  • This also indicates that for those with more severe types of this malignancy, the survival percentage is still very high

Colorectal cancer

  • Colorectal cancer has a 65% five-year overall survival rate, but it has a 97.7% five-year survival rate when detected early
  • Regular colorectal cancer screening from the age of 50 years is the best strategy to improve survival outcomes

Prostate cancer

  • The 5-year relative survival rate for early stages of prostate cancer is nearly 100% 
  • Prostate cancers are relatively curable, as they grow very slowly or do not grow or spread at all
  • Prostate cancers that are not growing are monitored over time to see if they grow in size or spread to surrounding areas
Dr. Keertana

Dr. Keertana

A medical writer with a Doctorate in Pharmacy, she writes vividly about medicine and science. Read her contributions and writings about various healthcare topics.

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