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Survival

Find out about survival for cervical cancer.

Survival depends on many factors, so no one can tell you exactly how long you will live. It depends on your individual condition, type of cancer, treatment and level of fitness.

These are general statistics based on large groups of patients. Remember, they can’t tell you what will happen in your individual case.

Your doctor can give you more information about your own outlook (prognosis).

You can also talk about this with the Cancer Research UK nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Survival by stage

There are no UK-wide statistics available for cervical cancer survival by stage.

Survival statistics are available for each stage of cervical cancer in one area of England. These are for women diagnosed between 2002 and 2006.

Stage 1

Around 95 out of 100 women (around 95%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis. 

Stage 2

More than 50 out of 100 women (more than 50%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis.

Stage 3

Almost 40 out of 100 women (almost 40%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis.

Stage 4

 5 out of 100 women (5%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after being diagnosed.

Survival for all stages of cervical cancer

Generally, for women diagnosed with cervical cancer in England and Wales:

  • more than 80 out of every 100 (more than 80%) will survive their cancer for 1 year or more after they are diagnosed
  • more than 65 out of every 100 (more than 65%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis
  • almost 65 women out of every 100 (almost 65%) will survive their cancer for 10 years or more after diagnosis

What affects survival

Your outcome depends on the stage of the cancer when it was diagnosed. This means how big it is and whether it has spread.

The type of cervical cancer may also affect your likely survival. 

About these statistics

The term 5 year survival doesn't mean you will only live for 5 years. It relates to the number of people who live 5 years or more after their diagnosis of cancer.

Last reviewed: 
01 May 2015
  • Cancer Research UK Statistics 
    Accessed May, 2015

  • Principles and practice of oncology (10th edition)
    VT De Vita, S Hellman and SA Rosenberg
    Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2015. pp1013-1047   

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