ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of women who are diagnosed with uterine 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 65,620 women in the United States will be diagnosed with uterine, or endometrial, cancer. Uterine cancer is the fourth most common cancer for women in the United States.
More than 90% of uterine cancers occur in the endometrium. The number of women diagnosed with endometrial cancer is increasing, mostly because of an increase in obesity, which is an important risk factor for this disease. From 2007 to 2016, the number of white women diagnosed with uterine cancer increased by 1% each year. During that same time period, uterine cancer diagnoses in Black women increased by 2% each year.
The majority of women with an uterine adenocarcinoma are diagnosed at an early stage, largely due to the presence of abnormal vaginal bleeding as an early symptom. It is estimated that 12,590 deaths from this disease will occur this year. It is the sixth most common cause of cancer death among 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. From 2008 to 2017, deaths from uterine cancer increased by approximately 2% each year for white and Black women.
The 5-year survival rate for a disease tells you what percentage of people live at least 5 years after the diagnosis. The 5-year survival rate for women with uterine cancer is 81%. The 5-year survival rates for white and Black women with the disease are 84% and 62%, respectively. Black women are less likely to be diagnosed with early-stage disease, and their survival rate at every stage is lower. Black women are also more likely to be diagnosed with more aggressive endometrial cancers with lower survival rates. Learn more about health disparities and cancer.
When the cancer is diagnosed, if it is still located only in the area where it started, it is called “local,” and the 5-year survival rate is 95%. Approximately 69% of white women are diagnosed at this stage, compared with 54% of Black women. If the cancer has spread regionally, the 5-year survival rate is about 69%. If uterine cancer is diagnosed after the cancer has spread into other areas of the body, the survival rate is 17%.
It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for women with uterine 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 diagnoses or treatments 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) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2020, and the ACS website (sources accessed January 2020).
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