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Cervical cancer statistics and outlook

Outlook means your chances of getting better. Your doctor may call this your prognosis. With cervical cancer, the likely outcome depends on how advanced the cancer is when it is diagnosed (the stage).

We have included quite detailed information about the likely outcome of different stages of cervical cancer. The statistics are intended as a general guide only. For the more complete picture in your case, you’d have to speak to your own specialist.

We include statistics because people ask for them, but not everyone wishes to read this type of information. 

How reliable are cancer statistics?

No statistics can tell you what will happen to you. Your cancer is unique. The same type of cancer can grow at different rates in different people. The statistics cannot tell you about the different treatments people may have had, or how that treatment may have affected their prognosis. There are many individual factors that will affect your treatment and your outlook.

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Cervical cancer survival

Find out about cervical cancer survival.

People ask us for this information but not everyone with cancer wants to read it. If you are not sure whether you want to know at the moment, you can always come back to it later.

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

No one can tell you exactly how long you’ll live with cervical cancer. It depends on your individual situation and treatment. No two patients are exactly alike and response to treatment also varies from one person to another.

Your doctor can give you more information about your own outlook (prognosis). Or you can talk to the Cancer Research UK nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040, from 9 to 5, 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 1 cervical cancer is now divided into 4 groups: stage 1A1, stage 1A2, stage 1B1 and stage 1B2, depending on the size of the cancer. The outcome or chance of being cured is better the earlier the cancer is detected. The smallest tumours of only a few millimetres (stage 1A1) are very unlikely to come back if they are completely removed. A stage 1B2 cervical cancer, which may be larger than 4cm in diameter, still has a very good chance of cure. 

Stage 2

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

Stage 2  is divided into 2 main groups: stages 2A and 2B. The outlook for women diagnosed with stage 2A cervical cancer, is slightly better than for women with stage 2B cervical cancer. 

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. 

These are figures for all stage 4 cervical cancers. The figures will be slightly higher for women with stage 4A cancers and lower for those with stage 4B cancers.

Read more about the stages of cervical cancer. 


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. Many people live much longer than 5 years.

The statistics on this page are for relative survival. Relative survival takes into account that some people will die of causes other than cancer. This gives a more accurate picture of cancer survival.


Clinical trials

We have detailed information about clinical trials on this website. You can search trials for cervical cancer on our clinical trials database.


More statistics

Read more about understanding statistics in cancer research and incidence, mortality and survival statistics.

For more in-depth information about survival and other statistics for cervical cancer, go to our Cancer Statistics section.

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Updated: 19 June 2014