Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 01/2016

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

AdCC is rare. Each year, about 1,200 people are diagnosed with AdCC in the United States, and about 60% are women. AdCC is most often found in younger and middle-aged adults, but anyone of any age can be diagnosed, including children.

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of people live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for 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.

It is important to remember that statistics on how many people survive this type of cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from data based on people with this cancer in the United States each year. So, your own risk may be different. Doctors cannot say for sure how long anyone will live with AdCC. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. This means that the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. Learn more about understanding statistics.

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

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