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Relative Cancer Survival

Relative Cancer Survival

The Texas Cancer Registry (TCR) uses a measure called Relative Survival, which is commonly reported by the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program. Relative survival presents cancer survival adjusted for other causes of death by comparing the survival among patients with cancer, to the expected survival rates in a comparable population (by age, sex, and race) without cancer. Texas relative survival rates use the life tables available in SEER*Stat software, which are for U.S. populations by race for White, Black, and all Other (Asians and Pacific Islanders and American Indians, Alaskan Natives). 

Relative Survival for Leading Cancers Diagnosed 1995-2013

By Primary Site; Grouped by the following—Texas and SEER Comparison by Survival Time Period, by Sex, and by Diagnosis Stage on separate tabs.

Please Note: Relative Survival is problematic for Texas, with our large Hispanic population, and other race groups, since SEER has not yet provided Hispanic-specific life tables to adjust for competing causes of death. Therefore, the TCR does not calculate Relative Survival by race and ethnicity. In contrast, Cause-Specific Survival uses the specific cause-of-death on the death certificate, and only counts it if it is a cancer death. Since Cause-Specific survival analysis does not require life tables, the TCR presents Cause-Specific Survival by race and ethnicity.

More information about cancer survival analysis, as well as information about software used to generate these survival statistics, can be found on the SEER website: https://seer.cancer.gov/statistics/types/survival.html

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Last updated December 4, 2017