Cervical Cancer Overview

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What Is Cervical Cancer? TOPICS

How many women get cancer of the cervix?

The American Cancer Society's estimates for cancer of the cervix in the United States for 2015 are:

  • About 12,900 new cases of invasive cervical cancer (cancer that has spread beyond the cervix)
  • About 4,100 deaths from cervical cancer

Cervical pre-cancers are much more common than true, invasive cancers.

Most cases of cervical cancer are seen in women younger than 50. Women over 50, however, still get cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. But the death rate from cervical cancer has gone down a lot over the last 30 years. The main reason for this change is the use of screening to find cervical cancer early. (Please see the section "Can cancer of the cervix be prevented?")

Last Medical Review: 10/15/2014
Last Revised: 01/07/2015