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Vaginal cancer is uncommon. Of 1,100 women, only one will get vaginal cancer during her lifetime. This year, an estimated 4,070 women in the United States will be diagnosed with vaginal cancer. It is estimated that 910 deaths from this disease will occur this year.
The overall five-year survival rate is the percentage of women who survive at least five years after the cancer is found. Survival rates for vaginal cancer vary based on different factors, including the stage (or extent) of the disease at the time of diagnosis. If cancer is found at the earliest stage before it has spread (stage I; see Stages), the five-year survival rate is 84%. If the cancer not spread outside the vagina (stage II), the five-year survival rate is 75%. If it is found once the cancer has spread outside of the vaginal wall (Stage III or IV), the five-year survival rate is 57%.
Cancer survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from thousands of women with this type of cancer in the United States, 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 vaginal 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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