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Statistics and outlook for womb cancer

Outlook means your chances of getting better. Your doctor may call this your prognosis. The outcome of treatment for cancer of the womb depends on a number of different factors.

Below, we present information about the likely outcome of womb cancer. There are no national statistics available for different stages of cancer or treatments that people may have had. For the more complete picture in your case, you need to speak to your own specialist.

We include statistics because people ask for them, but not everyone wants to read this type of information. Remember that you can skip this page if you don't want to read it, you can always come back to it later.

How reliable are cancer statistics?

No statistics can tell you exactly what will happen to you. 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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Womb cancer survival

Find out about survival for womb cancer.

People ask us for this information but not everyone with cancer wants to read it. So, if you aren’t sure whether you want to know at the moment, you can 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 womb cancer. It depends on your individual situation, treatment and level of fitness.

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

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

Stage 1

95 out of every 100 women (95%) survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis. Most of these women will have been cured.

Stage 2

More than 75 out of every 100 women (more than 75%) survive their cancer for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed.

Stage 3

Around 40 out of every 100 women (around 40%) survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis.

Stage 4

Around 15 out of every 100 women (around 15%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed. The outcome depends on how far the cancer has spread. For example, to the bowel and bladder, or perhaps to the lungs, liver or brain.


Survival for all stages of womb cancer

Generally for women with womb cancer in England and Wales 

  • 90 out of every 100 (90%) survive their cancer for 1 year or more after they are diagnosed
  • around 80 out of every 100 (around 80%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more
  • more than 75 out of every 100 (more than 75%) 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 and grade of womb cancer also affects your likely survival. Grade means how abnormal the cells look under the microscope. 

Your age may also affect survival. Younger women have a better outlook than older women. 


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

Research into womb cancer treatments is continuing to improve the outlook for women with womb cancer. There is detailed information about clinical trials on this website. You can search our clinical trials database for trials for womb cancer.


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 womb cancer, go to our Cancer Statistics section.

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Updated: 3 August 2015