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 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.

This year, an estimated 9,410 adults (4,960 men and 4,450 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with small bowel cancer. It is estimated that 1,260 deaths (670 men and 590 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 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 for adenocarcinoma that has not spread outside the small intestine and can be surgically removed is estimated to be from 18-55% (depending on the Stage and Grade). Survival is worse if the cancer has spread outside the small intestine.

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, 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 small bowel cancer. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2015, and the ACS website.

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