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 2013 are:

  • About 12,360 new cases of invasive cervical cancer (cancer that has spread beyond the cervix)
  • About 4,020 deaths from cervical cancer

Some researchers think that non-invasive cervical cancer (cancer that is only in the cervix when it is found) is about 4 times as common as the invasive type. When found and treated early, cervical cancer often can be cured.

Cervical cancer tends to occur in midlife. Most cases are found in women younger than 50. It rarely occurs in women younger than 20. But even women over 50 are still at risk of getting cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. But after 1955 the death rate from cervical cancer went down a lot. 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: 04/24/2013
Last Revised: 01/31/2014