Heart Cancer Statistics

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The tumour that develops in the heart due to the attack of malignant tissue is called the heart cancer. This cancer is the rarest form of cancer among all cancers. Malignant cells of this tumour occur when the blood purification system of the body gets affected due to this tumour. As a result, the level of impurity in the blood increases. This affects the functioning of the heart and the body is not able to function properly. Heart cancer statistics help us to understand the probability of this tumour, its prevalence and the rate of recurrence.

A research conducted by doctors of Hong Kong shows that majority of the cases of this tumour have been observed due to sarcoma. Heart cancer statistics may vary according to stage of the cancer and the medical history and present condition of the patient. According to a study conducted by the United States Cancer Institute Surveillance Epidemiology, risk of development of the tumour in males is 46 % whereas in females is 39 %. The chances of death due to this tumour in men are 25 % whereas in women the chances of death are 40 %. It also states that 25 % of heart cancers are diagnosed as benign whereas 30% of heart cancers are diagnosed as malign tumours.

A study conducted by American Cancer Care in America shows the following statistics:-

  • This cancer is observed in about 11000 men and about 4000 women every year
  • Out of these about 2000 cases of the tumour are self diagnosed while 1500 cases of this cancer are diagnosed with the different methods. Remaining cases get diagnosed when the tumour attains the level of severity.
  • This cancer is observed more in men than women
  • The average age of men in whom the tumour occurs is about 50 to 60 years whereas in women the average age is around 40 to 50 years
  • Incidence rate of this cancer studied in 2008 in men was about 100,000 whereas in women it was about 90,000

The incidence rates and mortality rates given by American Cancer Care are as follows:-

State Men Women
Florida 4 per 100,000 men 2 per 100,000 women
Washington DC 1.6 per 100,000 men 0.9 per 100,000 women
Massachusetts 5.1 per 100,000 men 3.2 per 100,000 women
Texas 3 per 100,000 men 1.5 per 100,000 women
Virginia 2.8 per 100,000 men 2 per 100,000 women
Mexico 3.4 per 100,000 men 2.7 per 100,000 women
2.7 per 100,000 women 3.9 per 100,000 men 2.2 per 100,000 women
Pennsylvania 4.3 per 100,000 men 3.7 per 100,000 women
Nevada 2.6 per 100,000 men 1.3 per 100,000 women
California 7.4 per 100,000 men 6.2 per 100,000 women

The rates of this study are generally calculated on the basis of:-

  • Character of the tumour
  • Nature and size of the tumour
  • Location of the tumour
  • Symptoms observed due to this tumour
  • The stage at which the tumour was diagnosed

As study done by American Institute of Cancer Research has classified the stage distribution of the tumour on basis of stages:-

Stage of the tumour when it was diagnosed Rate Distribution of Stage Survival
1st Stage where the tumour is considered as local 57 73.2 %
2nd Stage where the tumour is considered as regional 32 59 %
3rd Stage where the tumour is considered as distant 17 18%
4th Stage where the tumour attains the maximum level of severity 5 11 %

Statistics of death rate of patients due to this tumour with respect to five years analysis given by American Cancer Society are as follows:-

Year Number of deaths
2004 2000
2005 1490
2006 1357
2007 1142
2008 983

Heart cancer statistics is an overall analysis done on the basis of studies conducted by various research institutes. It may vary from one country to another. These statistics aim at giving the basic idea about the heart cancer survival rate, mortality rate and number of deaths that occur due to this tumour. It is advised that such statistics should not be shown to patients suffering from this tumour it can often lead to discouragement. Such statistics are merely a representation of the studies conducted and so it may vary according to the nature and characteristics of treatment conducted.

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