ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of people 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 65,950 people 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. Worldwide, an estimated 417,367 people were diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2020.
More than 90% of uterine cancers occur in the endometrium. The number of people diagnosed with uterine cancer in the United States has increased by about 1% each year since the mid-2000s. However, recent data shows incidence rates for the disease may be stabilizing.
An estimated 66% of people with a uterine adenocarcinoma are diagnosed at an early stage. This is largely due to the presence of abnormal vaginal bleeding as an early symptom.
It is estimated that 12,550 deaths from this disease will occur in the United States this year. It is the sixth most common cause of cancer death among women in the United States. Uterine cancer is more common in Black women than White women, and Black women are more likely to die from the disease. From 2015 to 2019, deaths from uterine cancer increased by approximately 1% each year. However, like the incidence rates, the death rates seem to have stabilized recently. In 2020, an estimated 97,370 people worldwide died from uterine 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 people with uterine cancer in the United States is 81%. The 5-year survival rates for White and Black women with the disease are 84% and 63%, respectively. Black women are more likely to be diagnosed with more aggressive endometrial cancers with lower survival rates. Learn more about health disparities and cancer.
When uterine 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%. If the cancer has spread regionally, the 5-year survival rate is 69%. If the uterine cancer is diagnosed after the cancer has spread into other areas of the body, the survival rate is 18%. Approximately 38% of Black women are diagnosed at this stage, compared with 25% of White women.
Today in the United States, there are over 600,000 uterine cancer survivors.
It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for people with uterine 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 uterine 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) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2022, the ACS website, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer website. (All sources accessed January 2022.)
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