Colon cancer patients have reason to rejoice as the survival rate for the disease has increased significantly in recent years. According to a new study published in the journal Cancer, the five-year survival rate for colon cancer patients has increased from 64.5 percent in 2004 to 70.2 percent in 2014.
The study, which was conducted by researchers from the American Cancer Society, looked at data from more than 1.2 million patients diagnosed with colon cancer between 2004 and 2014. The researchers found that the five-year survival rate for colon cancer patients increased by 5.7 percent over the 10-year period.
The researchers attribute the increase in survival rate to a number of factors, including improved screening and early detection, better treatments, and increased awareness of the disease.
Screening and early detection are key to improving survival rates for colon cancer patients. The American Cancer Society recommends that people at average risk for colon cancer begin screening at age 45. People at higher risk, such as those with a family history of the disease, should begin screening at an earlier age.
In addition to screening, advances in treatments for colon cancer have also contributed to the improved survival rate. Newer treatments, such as targeted therapies and immunotherapies, have been shown to be more effective than traditional chemotherapy.
Finally, increased awareness of the disease has also played a role in improving survival rates. The American Cancer Society and other organizations have worked to educate the public about the importance of screening and early detection.
The improved survival rate for colon cancer patients is a cause for celebration. However, it is important to remember that colon cancer is still a serious disease and that early detection and treatment are key to improving survival rates.