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C-13 Data Details

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C-13 Increase the proportion of cancer survivors who are living 5 years or longer after diagnosis

About the Data: National

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Yes
Measure: 
percent
Baseline (Year): 
65.2 (2007)
Target: 
71.7
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement
Numerator: 

5-year observed survival rate

Denominator: 

5-year expected survival rate

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Data Collection Frequency: 
Annual
Methodology Notes: 

    This measure is tracked with a calculation commonly referred to as the relative survival rate. The relative survival rate is calculated using a procedure whereby the observed survival rate is adjusted for expected mortality. The relative survival rate represents the likelihood that a patient will not die from causes associated specifically with the given cancer before some specified time (usually 5 years) after diagnosis.

    To calculate the relative survival rate, the observed survival rate is divided by the expected survival rate. The observed survival rate is based on all causes of death; no one is excluded. Individuals lost to follow up are censored. The expected survival rate is based on life tables of surviving 5 years in the general population based on age (single year), race, sex, and year of diagnosis (1970, 1980, 1990) of the cohort of cancer patients. This calculation is used so that one does not have to depend on the accuracy and completeness of the cause of death information in order to calculate the effect of the cancer.

    Data for this objective are calculated based on patients diagnosed in the 5-year period immediately preceding a given year year and followed up through that year. For example, the 2007 survival rates used in the baseline are based on patients diagnosed in the 5 year period before 2007 (2002-2006) and followed up through 2007.

    Survival rates are from the SEER program. They are based on data from population-based registries in the SEER 17 areas (San Francisco, Connecticut, Detroit, Hawaii, Iowa, New Mexico, Seattle, Utah, Atlanta, San Jose-Monterey, Los Angeles, Alaska Native Registry, Rural Georgia, California excluding San Francisco/San Jose-Monterey/Los Angeles, Kentucky, Louisiana and New Jersey).

    Since the SEER database is continually updated, the estimates will change annually as more cases are received by SEER. To ensure the latest data available are shown, all tracking data for this objective will be updated on an annual basis until the close of Healthy People 2020.

Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020: 
This objective differs from Healthy People 2010 objective 3-15 in that the SEER has expanded to 17 registries (SEER 17), compared to the 9 (SEER 9) that were used for Healthy People 2010.

About the Data: State

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the state-level data.

Data Source: 
Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program
Measure: 
percent
Numerator: 

5-year observed survival rate

Denominator: 

5-year expected survival rate

Data Collection Frequency: 
Annual
Methodology Notes: 

      This measure is tracked with a calculation commonly referred to as the relative survival rate. The relative survival rate is calculated using a procedure whereby the observed survival rate is adjusted for expected mortality. The relative survival rate represents the likelihood that a patient will not die from causes associated specifically with the given cancer before some specified time (usually 5 years) after diagnosis.

      To calculate the relative survival rate, the observed survival rate is divided by the expected survival rate. The observed survival rate is based on all causes of death; no one is excluded. Individuals lost to follow up are censored. The expected survival rate is based on life tables of surviving 5 years in the general population based on age (single year), race, sex, and year of diagnosis (1970, 1980, 1990) of the cohort of cancer patients. This calculation is used so that one does not have to depend on the accuracy and completeness of the cause of death information in order to calculate the effect of the cancer.

      Data for this objective are calculated based on patients diagnosed in the 5-year period immediately preceding a given year year and followed up through that year. For example, the 2007 survival rates used in the baseline are based on patients diagnosed in the 5 year period before 2007 (2002-2006) and followed up through 2007.

      Survival rates are from the SEER program. They are based on data from population-based registries in the SEER 17 areas (San Francisco, Connecticut, Detroit, Hawaii, Iowa, New Mexico, Seattle, Utah, Atlanta, San Jose-Monterey, Los Angeles, Alaska Native Registry, Rural Georgia, California excluding San Francisco/San Jose-Monterey/Los Angeles, Kentucky, Louisiana and New Jersey).

      Since the SEER database is continually updated, the estimates will change annually as more cases are received by SEER. To ensure the latest data available are shown, all tracking data for this objective will be updated on an annual basis until the close of Healthy People 2020.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
In 2014, the original baseline was revised from 66.2 to 65.2 to reflect data surveillance updates. The target was adjusted from 72.8 to 71.7 to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method.

References

Additional resources about the objective

  1. Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER), NCI