3 Surprising Statistics About Uterine Cancer

May 7th 2016

From these statistics, it is easy to see uterine cancer is a real risk for American women, but diagnosis with this cancer is not necessarily a death sentence, at least in the short-term. Talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you have any concerns, as early stage uterine cancers often respond very well to treatment. This is reflected in the overall survival rates in the United States.


Throughout the world, uterine cancer is the sixth most common cancer in females. It is 14th most common cancer overall. In 2012, the most recent available year of full global statistics, more than 319,000 new cases were diagnosed. This is equivalent to 5 percent of all cancers in females globally. Uterine cancer incidence rates are highest in North America. In 2012, it was the fourth most common cancer in females in the United States, with 49,154 cases diagnosed.


Survival data is necessarily older than incidence data because it needs to be collected over many years. Women in the United States diagnosed with uterine cancer in the period 1995 to 2001 had a five-year survival rate of 85 percent, which is higher than the European average of just over 75 percent. However, there are significant differences in survival between African American and white women in the United States. This can be at least partly attributed to differences in treatment between the two groups. African-American women are also, however, significantly more likely to present at a later stage with high-grade tumors, which suggests health awareness campaigns might make a difference for this group.

Death Rates

While the incidence of uterine cancer is relatively high, it is only the 14th most common cause of cancer death worldwide for females and the 17th most common overall. There were around 76,200 deaths from uterine cancer in 2012. This cancer was responsible for 2 percent of female deaths that year, or 0.9 percent of all deaths worldwide.


Uterine cancer is a scary topic. It is one many people prefer not to think about; however, there are some interesting and surprising pieces of information that have come to light following analysis of worldwide data gathered about this cancer.

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