Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma: Statistics

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ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many people are diagnosed with this type of cancer each year and some general survival information. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

AdCC is rare. AdCC is most often diagnosed in people in their 40s to 60s, but there are known cases of pediatric, or childhood, AdCC. Each year, approximately 1,200 people are diagnosed with AdCC in the United States, and about 60% are women.

The five-year survival rate is the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the cancer is found. The five year survival rate of people with AdCC is approximately 89%. The 15-year survival rate of people with AdCC is approximately 40%. Tumor growth for AdCC is often slow, and people may live a long time with metastatic disease; however, a late recurrence of AdCC is common and can occur many years after initial treatment. A late recurrence is cancer that has come back after treatment.

Cancer survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from thousands of people with this type of cancer in the United States, so the actual risk for a particular individual may be different. It is not possible to tell a person how long he or she will live with AdCC. Because survival statistics are often measured in multi-year intervals, they may not represent advances made in the treatment or diagnosis of this cancer. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Sources: Oral Cancer Foundation and Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation.

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