Carcinoid Tumor: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 03/2014

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many people learn they have 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.

It is estimated that 12,000 people are diagnosed with a carcinoid tumor each year in the United States. The number of carcinoid tumors diagnosed has been increasing, but the reason for this is unknown.

About 8,000 of all carcinoid tumors occur in the gastrointestinal tract. Carcinoid tumors make up only 1% of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, but they make up about 50% of all small intestine cancers. The five-year survival rate is the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the cancer is detected, excluding those who die from other diseases. The five-year survival rate of people with a gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor that has not spread ranges from 65% to 90%, depending on where the carcinoid tumor is located.

Each year, an estimated 4,000 adults in the United States are diagnosed with a lung carcinoid tumor. Carcinoid tumors make up about 4% of cancers of the lung. The overall five-year survival rate of people with a typical lung carcinoid tumor is 85% to 90%. People diagnosed with an atypical lung carcinoid tumor have a five-year survival rate of 50% to 70%.

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 each year, but the actual risk for a particular individual may differ. It is not possible to tell a person how long he or she will live with a carcinoid tumor. Because survival statistics are measured in five-year intervals, they may not represent advances made in the treatment or diagnosis of this cancer. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Source: American Cancer Society.

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