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This year, an estimated 13,800 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer. Hispanic women and African American women are most likely to get the disease. Incidence rates of cervical cancer dropped by more than 50% since the mid-1970s due in part to an increase in screening, which can find cervical changes before they turn cancerous. Decreasing incidence rates in young women may be due to the use of the HPV vaccine (See Risk Factors).
It is estimated that 4,290 deaths from the disease will occur this year. Similar to the incidence rates, the death rate dropped by around 50% since the mid-1970s, partly because the increase in screening resulted in earlier detection of cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer is most often diagnosed between the ages of 35 and 44. About 20% of cervical cancers are diagnosed in women over age 65. Usually these cases occur in women who did not receive regular cervical cancer screenings before age 65. It is rare for women younger than 20 to develop 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 66%.
However, survival rates can vary by factors such as race, ethnicity, and age. For white women, the 5-year survival rates are 71%, and for black women, the 5-year survival rate is 58%. For white women under age 50, the 5-year survival rate is 78%. For black women age 50 and older, the 5-year survival rate is 46%.
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 44% 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 56%. 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. 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 2020 and Cancer Facts & Figures 2018, and the ACS website (January 2020).
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