ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. You will also read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.
This year, an estimated 13,240 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer. Incidence rates for the disease dropped by 50% between 1975 and 2014 due to an increase in screening, which can find cervical changes before they turn cancerous.
It is estimated that 4,170 deaths from the disease will occur this year.
Cervical cancer is most often diagnosed between the ages of 35 and 44. About 15% of cervical cancers are diagnosed in women over age 65. Few women under the age of 20 are diagnosed with cervical cancer.
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 all women with cervical cancer is 67%. For white women, the 5-year survival rates are 69%, and for black women, the 5-year survival rate is 56%.
Survival rates depend on many factors, including the stage of cervical cancer that is diagnosed. When detected at an early stage, the 5-year survival rate for women with invasive cervical cancer is 92%. About 46% of women with cervical cancer are diagnosed at an early stage. If cervical cancer has spread to surrounding tissues or organs and/or the regional lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 57%. If the cancer has spread to a distant part of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 17%.
It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for women with cervical cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of women with this cancer in the United States. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. Women should talk with their doctor if they have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.
Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2018, and the ACS website.
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