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This year, an estimated 54,870 women in the United States will be diagnosed with uterine endometrial cancer. It is estimated that 10,170 deaths from this disease will occur this year. The incidence of endometrial cancer is rising due largely to increased incidence of obesity, which is an important risk factor for this disease. Uterine cancer is the fourth most common cancer and the seventh most common cause of cancer death for 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 five-year relative survival rate is the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the cancer is found. For uterine cancer, the overall five-year survival rate is 82%. If the cancer is diagnosed as local (without spread) uterine cancer at diagnosis is about 95%. If the cancer is diagnosed with regional spread, the five-year survival rate is about 68%, and if diagnosed after the cancer has spread more distantly, it is 18%.
Cancer survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from thousands of people with this type of cancer in the United States each year, so the actual risk for a particular individual may be different. It is not possible to tell a woman how long she will live with uterine cancer. Because the survival statistics are measured in five-year intervals, they may not represent advances made in the treatment or diagnosis of this cancer. Learn more about understanding statistics.
Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2015 and the ACS website.
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