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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 life tables available in SEER*Stat software, which are for U.S. populations by race for White, Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaskan Native.

Relative Survival for Malignant Cancers Diagnosed 2006-2015

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

Please Note: Relative survival is problematic for Texas with our large Hispanic population, as currently SEER does not provide Hispanic-specific life tables to adjust for competing causes of death. Therefore, the TCR does not calculate relative survival by race and ethnicity. See Cause-Specific Survival for survival statistics calculated by race and ethnicity.

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Last updated May 3, 2019