Small Bowel Cancer - Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 08/2015

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.

This year, an estimated 10,090 adults (5,390 men and 4,700 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with small bowel cancer.

It is estimated that 1,330 deaths (710 men and 620 women) from this disease will occur this year.

As explained in the Overview, there are several types of small bowel cancer, and survival rates are different for each. 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 adenocarcinoma depends on the stage and grade. It is 55% for stage I (one), between 35% and 49% for stage II (two), between 18% and 31% for stage III (three), and 5% for stage IV (four), which is cancer that has spread to other areas in the body.

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 thousands of 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 small bowel cancer. 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.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2016, and the ACS website.

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