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Survival

Survival depends on many different factors. So no one can tell you exactly how long you will live. It depends on your:

  • type and stage of cancer
  • level of fitness
  • previous treatment

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 England. These figures are for people diagnosed between 2013 and 2017. These statistics are non-age-standardised which means they don't take into account the age of the people with cervical cancer. 

Stage 1

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

Stage 2

Almost 70 out of 100 people (almost 70%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis.

Stage 3

More than 40 out of 100 people (more than 40%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis.

Stage 4

Around 15 out of 100 people (around 15%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after being diagnosed.

Survival for all stages of cervical cancer

Generally, for people with cervical cancer in England:

  • 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 60 out of every 100 (more than 60%) will survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis
  • more than 50 women out of every 100 (more than 50%) 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 terms 1 year survival and 5 year survival don't mean that you will only live for 1 or 5 years. They relate to the number of people who are still alive 1 year or 5 years after their diagnosis of cancer.

Some people live much longer than 5 years.

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