Cervical cancer statistics

Cases

New cases of cervical cancer, 2014-2016 average, UK

Deaths

Deaths from cervical cancer, 2016, UK

Survival

Survive cervical cancer for 10 or more years, 2010-11, England and Wales

Preventable cases

Cervical cancer cases are preventable, UK, 2015

  • There are around 3,200 new cervical cancer cases in the UK every year, that's around 9 every day (2014-2016).
  • In females in the UK, cervical cancer is the 14th most common cancer, with around 3,200 new cases in 2016
  • Cervical cancer accounts for 2% of all new cancer cases in females in the UK (2016).
  • Cervical cancer accounts for less than 1% of all new cancer cases in females and males combined in the UK (2016).
  • Incidence rates for cervical cancer in the UK are highest in females aged 25 to 29 (2014-2016).
  • Since the early 1990s, cervical cancer incidence rates have decreased by around a quarter (24%) in females in the UK.
  • Over the last decade, cervical cancer incidence rates have increased by around a twentieth (4%) in females in the UK.
  • Around a quarter of cervical cancer cases are diagnosed late in Northern Ireland (2010-2014).
  • Incidence rates for cervical cancer are projected to rise by 43% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 17 cases per 100,000 females by 2035.
  • Cervical cancer in England is more common in females living in the most deprived areas.
  • Cervical cancer is more common in White females than in Asian females, but similar to Black females, but Asian and Black females are similar to each other.
  • An estimated 34,800 women who had previously been diagnosed with cervical cancer were alive in the UK at the end of 2010.

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  • There are around 29,600 new cervical carcinoma in situ cases in the UK every year, that's 81 every day (2014-2016).
  • In females in the UK there were around 26,500 new cases in 2016.
  • Incidence rates for cervical carcinoma in situ in the UK are highest in females aged 25 to 29 (2014-2016).
  • Since the early 1990s, cervical carcinoma in situ incidence rates have increased by around a fifth (21%) in females in the UK.
  • Over the last decade, cervical carcinoma in situ incidence rates have increased by around a tenth (11%) in females in the UK.

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  • There are around 870 cervical cancer deaths in the UK every year, that's more than 2 every day (2014-2016).
  • In females in the UK, cervical cancer is the 19th most common cause of cancer death, with around 850 deaths in 2016.
  • Cervical cancer accounts for 1% of all cancer deaths in females in the UK (2016).
  • Mortality rates for cervical cancer in the UK are highest in females aged 85 to 89 (2014-2016).
  • Since the early 1970s, cervical cancer mortality rates have decreased by around three-quarters (74%) in females in the UK.
  • Over the last decade, cervical cancer mortality rates have decreased by around a quarter (24%) in females in the UK.
  • Mortality rates for cervical cancer are projected to fall by 7% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 3 deaths per 100,000 females by 2035.
  • Cervical cancer deaths in England are more common in females living in the most deprived areas.

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  • Almost two-thirds (63%) of women diagnosed with cervical cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for ten years or more (2010-11).
  • Around two-thirds (67%) of women diagnosed with cervical cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for five years or more (2010-11).
  • More than 8 in 10 (83%) women diagnosed with cervical cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for one year or more (2010-11).
  • Cervical cancer survival in England is highest for women diagnosed aged under 40 years old (2009-2013).
  • Around 9 in 10 women in England diagnosed with cervical cancer aged 15-39 survive their disease for five years or more, compared with around a quarter of women diagnosed aged 80 and over (2009-2013).
  • Cervical cancer survival is improving and has increased in the last 40 years in the UK.
  • In the 1970s, almost half of women diagnosed with cervical cancer survived their disease beyond ten years, now it's almost two-thirds.
  • When diagnosed at its earliest stage, around 95% of women with cervical cancer will survive their disease for five years or more, compared with 5 in 100 of women when diagnosed at the latest stage.
  • Five-year relative survival for cervical cancer in women is below the European average in England, Wales and Scotland but similar to the European average in Northern Ireland.

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  • A person’s risk of developing cancer depends on many factors, including age, genetics, and exposure to risk factors (including some potentially avoidable lifestyle factors).
  • 1 in 142 UK females will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in their lifetime.
  • 99.8% of cervical cancer cases in the UK are preventable.
  • 99.8% of cervical cancer cases in the UK are caused by infections.
  • 21% of cervical cancer cases in the UK are caused by smoking.

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  • 'GP referral' is the most common route to diagnosing cervical cancer.
  • 'Two-week wait’ standards are met by all countries, ‘31-day wait’ is met by all but Northern Ireland and Wales, and ’62-day wait’ is met by all but Wales, Northern Ireland and only partly by Scotland for gynaecological cancers.
  • 53% of patients diagnosed with cervical cancer have surgery to remove the tumour as part of their primary cancer treatment.
  • 40% of patients diagnosed with cervical cancer have radiotherapy as part of their primary cancer treatment.
  • 33% of patients diagnosed with cervical cancer have chemotherapy as part of their primary cancer treatment.
  • Around 7 in 10 (70-73%) of women in Great Britain who are eligible for cervical screening are screened with a definitive usable result for their age.
  • Cervical screening coverage in England and Scotland is falling slowly.
  • More than 9 in 10 women in Great Britain who have cervical screening receive a negative (normal) result.
  • Cervical cancer is found in between 1 and 30 per 1,000 women in England with an abnormal screening result.

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