Cancer survival rates are usually discussed in terms of 5-year relative survival, which refers to the proportion of patients still alive 5 years after diagnosis. Keep in mind that statistics like these are based on large groups of people and cannot predict what might happen with an individual patient.
In the United States, an estimated 14,480 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year. About 4,290 women are estimated to die from the disease this year.
Overall, the five-year survival rate for women with invasive cervical cancer is about 66%. However, these statistics do not include the large number of women diagnosed with pre-cancers, far more common than invasive cervical cancer.
Survival is largely dependent on the cancer’s stage at the time of diagnosis, and national data shows these survival rates for cervical cancer:
|State of disease at diagnosis||Five-year survival rate|
|Localized disease (such as Stage 1) where the cancer was confined to the original location.||92%|
|Regional disease (such as stage 2 and 3) where the disease has spread to nearby lymph nodes||58%|
|Distant disease (stage 4) where the cancer has already spread to other body areas||17%|