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Relative Survival Rate

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"Survival rate" refers to the number of people with a certain type and stage of a health condition survive the condition. Generally a time period is included when speaking of "survival rates." For instance, "5 year relative survival rate."

The word "relative" as used in "relative survival rate" means that people who die of other causes are not included in the survival rate calculations.

Survival rate does not indicate the physical status of the patient at the year indicated. It only indicates the percentage of people with the particular disease who are still alive.

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