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Cervical Cancer Statistics

CERVICAL CANCER  How Many Women Affected Today

Cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States. However, in the past 40 years, the number of cases of cervical cancer and the number of deaths from cervical cancer have decreased significantly. This decline largely is the result of many women getting regular Pap tests, which can find cervical precancer before it turns into cancer.1 For more information, visit HPV-Associated Cervical Cancer Rates by Race and Ethnicity.
In 2008 (the most recent year numbers are available)—
  • 12,410 women in the United States were diagnosed with cervical cancer.*2
  • 4,008 women in the United States died from cervical cancer.*2
*Incidence and death counts cover approximately 100% of the U.S. population.
Cervical cancer incidence is related to age but it is unusual as it does not follow the same pattern of increasing incidence with age seen for most cancers  There are two peaks in the age-specific incidence rates: the first in women aged 30-34 (at 21.2 per 100,000 women) and the second in women aged 80-84 (at 14 per 100,000 women). The earlier peak is related to many women becoming sexually active in their late teens/early 20s, giving rise to the increase of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV - a precursor to cervical cancer development). The second peak is due to increasing cancer incidence with age. In the UK between 2007 and 2009, an average of 21% of new cervical cancer cases were in people aged 65 years and over.
Over three-quarters (76%) of cervical cancer cases occur in 25-64 year olds. Women in England and Northern Ireland are currently offered cervical cancer screening at three to five year intervals between ages 25 and 64. For women in Wales, screening is offered between the ages of 20 and 64 every three years. In Scotland, women are offered screening every three years between the ages of 20 and 60

Worldwide, cervical cancer is the third most common cancer in women and the seventh most common overall (in both sexes combined). It is estimated to be responsible for 530,000 new cases of cancer in 2008 (nearly one in ten (9%) of all cancers diagnosed in women). Cervical cancer incidence rates are lowest in Western Asia and highest in Eastern Africa, with a seven-fold variation in World AS incidence rates between the regions of the world.
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