Mesothelioma survival statistics

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Survival

Survive mesothelioma for 5 or more years, 2013-2017, England

Age

Age that mesothelioma survival is highest, 2009-2013, England

 

43.5% of males survive mesothelioma for at least one year, as shown by age-standardised net survival for patients diagnosed with mesothelioma during 2013-2017 in England.[1] Survival for females at one year is 49.7%. Survival for females is higher than for than for males at one year. 6.5% of people diagnosed with mesothelioma survive their disease for five years or more.

Mesothelioma Cancer Age-Standardised One-, Five-Year Net Survival, Adults (Aged 15-99), England, 2013-2017

The bar chart shows one- and five-year net survival, with 95% confidence intervals.
 

Ten-year survival estimates are not available for this cancer.

References

  1. Office for National Statistics, Cancer survival by stage at diagnosis for England, 2019.

About this data

Data is for: England, 2013 - 2017, ICD-10 C45.   Survival statistics give an overall picture of survival and the survival time experienced by an individual patient may be much higher or lower, depending on specific patient and tumour characteristics.

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Five-year survival for mesothelioma decreases with increasing age. Five-year net survival in men ranges from 13% in 15-49 year-olds to 4% in 80-99 year-olds for patients diagnosed with mesothelioma in England during 2009-2013.[1] In women, five-year survival ranges from 30% to 4% in the same age groups.

Mesothelioma (C45), Five-Year Net Survival by Age, England, 2009-2013

References

  1. Office for National Statistics. Cancer survival in England: adults diagnosed in 2009 to 2013, followed up to 2014. Newport: ONS; 2015.

About this data

Data is for: England, 2009-2013, ICD-10 C45

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Survival for mesothelioma is strongly related to stage of the disease at diagnosis.

One-year net survival by stage 

One-year net survival for mesothelioma is highest for patients diagnosed at Stage 1, and lowest for those diagnosed at Stage 4, as 2013-2017 data for England show.[1] 59% of patients diagnosed at Stage 1 survived their disease for at least one year, compared to 30% of patients diagnosed at Stage 4.[1]

One year net survival for unknown or missing stage is 45%, while one year survival for unstageable cancer is 40%. Lack of staging information may in some cases reflect advanced stage at diagnosis as very unwell patients may not undergo staging tests if the invasiveness of the testing outweighs the potential benefit of obtaining stage information. Incomplete staging assessment may also be associated with socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of the patient [2]. Stage completeness for mesothelioma was 54% in 2013-2017 [1].

For patients diagnosed with an unknown or missing stage, one-year net survival is significantly higher for females than for males, with an absolute survival difference of 8 percentage points. Data for one-year net survival between the sexes at all other stages is not available.

Mesothelioma cancer one-year net survival by stage, with incidence by stage (all data: adults diagnosed 2013-2017, followed up to 2018)

References

  1. Office for National Statistics, Cancer survival by stage at diagnosis for England, 2019.
  2. Girolamo, C. et al, Characteristics of patients with missing information on stage: a population-based study of patients diagnosed with a colon, lung or breast cancer in England in 2013, BMC Cancer (2018) 18:492

About this data

Data is for: England, 2013 - 2017, ICD-10 C22.

Survival statistics give an overall picture of survival but the survival time experienced by an individual patient may be much higher or lower, depending on specific patient and tumour characteristics.

Last reviewed:

Five-year relative survival for mesothelioma in men in England (4%) is below the average for Europe (7%). Scotland (3%) is also below the European average but Wales (5%) is similar to the European average.[1] No five-year survival data is available for Northern Ireland. Across the European countries for which data is available, five-year relative survival in men ranges from 2% (Slovakia) to 19% (Croatia).[1

Five-year relative survival for mesothelioma in women in England (6%) is below the average for Europe (9%). No five-year survival data is available for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Across the European countries for which data is available, five-year relative survival in women ranges from 3% (Belgium) to 16% (Croatia).[1

Mesothelioma (C38.4), Age-Standardised Five-Year Relative Survival, Adults (Aged 15+), European Countries, 2000-2007

Data consists of both observed and predicted 5-year relative survival. Where sufficient follow-up was not available for recently diagnosed patients the period approach was used to predict 5-year cohort survival.

Possible explanations for persistent international differences in survival include differences in cancer biology, use of diagnostic tests and screening, stage at diagnosis, access to high-quality care, and data collection practices.[1]

References

  1. De Angelis R, Sant M, Coleman MP, et al. Cancer survival in Europe 1999-2007 by country and age: results of EUROCARE-5 - a population-based study. Lancet Oncol 2014;15:23-34

About this data

Data is for: 29 European countries, patients diagnosed in 2000-2007 and followed up to 2008, pleural mesothelioma (C38.4).

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