ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of people 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 14,100 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer. Worldwide, an estimated 604,127 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2020.
Incidence rates of cervical cancer dropped by more than 50% from the mid-1970s to the mid-2000s due in part to an increase in screening, which can find cervical changes before they turn cancerous. From 2009 to 2018, incidence rates generally remained the same. However, some decreasing incidence rates in young people may be due to the use of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (see Risk Factors).
It is estimated that 4,280 deaths from this disease will occur in the United States this year. Similar to the incidence rates, the death rate in the United States dropped by around 50% since the mid-1970s, partly because the increase in screening resulted in earlier detection of cervical cancer. The death rate continued to decline by less than 1% each year from 2010 to 2019. In 2020, an estimated 341,831 women died from cervical cancer worldwide.
Cervical cancer is most often diagnosed between the ages of 35 and 44. The average age of diagnosis in the United States is 50. About 20% of cervical cancers are diagnosed after age 65. These cases usually occur in people who did not receive regular cervical cancer screenings before age 65. It is rare for people younger than 20 to develop cervical cancer.
The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of people live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for all people with cervical cancer is 66%.
However, survival rates can vary by factors such as race, ethnicity, and age. For White women, the 5-year survival rate is 71%. For Black women, the 5-year survival rate is 58%. For White women younger than age 50, the 5-year survival rate is 79%. For Black women aged 65 and older, the 5-year survival rate is 39%.
Survival rates also depend on the stage of cervical cancer that is diagnosed. When detected at an early stage, the 5-year survival rate for people with invasive cervical cancer is 92%. About 44% of people 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 58%. If the cancer has spread to a distant part of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 18%.
It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for people with cervical cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of people with this cancer in the United States. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. This means the estimate may not reflect the results of advancements in how cervical cancer is diagnosed or treated from the last 5 years. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.
Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publications, Cancer Facts & Figures 2022, Cancer Facts & Figures 2020, and Cancer Facts & Figures 2018; the ACS website; and the International Agency for Research on Cancer website. (All sources accessed January 2022.)
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