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How common is endometrial cancer?

In the United States, cancer of the endometrium is the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs. The American Cancer Society estimates for cancer of the uterus in the United States for 2016 are:

  • About 60,050 new cases of cancer of the body of the uterus (uterine body or corpus) will be diagnosed.
  • About 10,470women will die from cancers of the uterine body.

These estimates include both endometrial cancers and uterine sarcomas. Up to 8% of uterine body cancers are sarcomas, so the actual numbers for endometrial cancer cases and deaths are slightly lower than these estimates.

Lifetime chance of getting endometrial cancer

Endometrial cancer affects mainly postmenopausal women. The average age of women diagnosed with endometrial cancer is 60. It is uncommon in women under the age of 45.

This cancer is slightly more common in white women, but black women are more likely to die from it. There are more than 600,000 survivors of endometrial cancer.

Visit the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics Center for more key statistics.

Last Medical Review: 02/10/2016
Last Revised: 02/29/2016