ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many women are diagnosed with uterine cancer each year. You will also learn some general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.
This year, an estimated 60,050 women in the United States will be diagnosed with uterine endometrial cancer. Uterine cancer is the fourth most common cancer for women in the United States. The incidence of endometrial cancer is rising, mainly due to a rise in obesity, which is an important risk factor for this disease.
It is estimated that 10,470 deaths from this disease will occur this year. It is the sixth most common cause of cancer death among women in the United States. Although uterine cancer rates are slightly higher among white women than black women, black women are more likely to die from uterine cancer than white women.
The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of women live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for women with uterine cancer is 82%. The 10-year survival rate is 79%. If the cancer is diagnosed and it is still only in the area it started, called local, the 5-year survival rate is about 95%. If the cancer has spread regionally, the 5-year survival rate is about 68%. If it is diagnosed after the cancer has spread more distantly to other areas of the body, the rate is 17%.
It is important to remember that statistics on how many women survive this type of cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from data based on thousands of people with this cancer in the United States each year. So, your own risk may be different. Doctors cannot say for sure how long any woman will live with uterine cancer. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. This means that the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. Learn more about understanding statistics.
Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2016 and the ACS website.
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