Cervical Cancer Facts and Statistics

For some, the thought of cancer can really cause their head to start to spin. With some quick statistics, patients are able to start to get their minds grounded and ready to fight cervical cancer. If an individual or someone they know has been diagnosed with cervical cancer, they may be interested in facts and statistics regarding the disease. The following information will help to educate such ones on this topic.

  • Worldwide, cervical cancer is fifth most common cancer for women.
  • Unfortunately, about every two minutes a woman will die of cervical cancer somewhere in the world.
  • For women in the United States, cervical cancer is the eighth most common cancer for women.
  • At one time cervical cancer deaths were the most common cancer death for women in the United States. However with the development of the Pap test, the death rate has dropped dramatically. Every year the death rate continues to drop by some 3%.
  • One year after being diagnosed with cervical cancer the rate of survival is 87%.
  • Five years after being diagnosed with cervical cancer the rate of survival is 70%.
  • The majority of cervical cancers are caused by human papilloma virus (HPV).
  • Women are diagnosed at an average of 50 years old with cervical cancer. However, every woman has the risk of developing this cancer. Women, as young as 17 have been diagnosed with this type of cancer. Most often a woman will be diagnosed after the age of 30 and 20% of the patients diagnosed are over the age of 65.
  • It can take up to 10-15 years for precancerous cells to become cancer. Therefore, cervical cancer is very preventable with early detection. 90% of cervical cancer is curable if treated early enough.

  • Hispanics are at the greatest risk of contracting cervical cancer. African-Americans are the second group with the most diagnosis of this type of cancer. However, more African-Americans die of this cancer than any other race.
  • An estimate 12,200 women will be diagnosed in the United States with cervical cancer over the next year. Approximately 4,200 of cervical cancer patients in the United States will die over the next year.
  • Women with lower incomes are five times more likely to have cervical cancer. This is typically due to the fact that they have less access to cancer screenings and follow-up care.
  • A woman who has a history of cervical cancer in their immediate family is three to five times more likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer. This may have to do with an inherited condition that limits the ability to fight against HPV infections.

 cervical cancer mortality statistics 2003-2005