Small Bowel Cancer: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 05/2016

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.

This year, an estimated 10,190 adults (5,380 men and 4,810 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with small bowel cancer.

It is estimated that 1,390 deaths (770 men and 620 women) from this disease will occur this year.

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 all types of small bowel cancer is 67%.

When detected at an early stage, the 5-year survival rate for small bowel cancer is 83%. If small bowel cancer has spread to surrounding tissues or organs and/or the regional lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 73%. If the cancer has spread to a distant part of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 43%. Almost 60% of patients are diagnosed with small bowel cancer at the regional or distant stage.

As explained in the Introduction, there are several types of small bowel cancer, and survival rates are different for each. Talk with your doctor about the survival rate for your specific type of cancer.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for people with small bowel cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of people with this cancer in the United States. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. People should talk with their doctor if they have questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2017: Special Section – Rare Cancers in Adults.

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