Vaginal cancer statistics

Cases

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

Deaths

Deaths from vaginal cancer, 2016, UK

Survival

Survive vaginal or vulval cancer for 10 or more years, 2009-2013, England

 

Preventable cases

Vaginal cancer cases are preventable, UK, 2015

 

  • There are around 250 new vaginal cancer cases in the UK every year, that's around 5 every week (2014-2016).
  • In females in the UK, vaginal cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers, with around 260 new cases in 2016.
  • Vaginal cancer accounts for less than 1% of all new cancer cases in females in the UK (2016).
  • Vaginal cancer accounts for less than 1% of all new cancer cases in females and males combined in the UK (2016).
  • Incidence rates for vaginal cancer in the UK are highest in females aged 90+ (2014-2016).
  • Since the early 1990s, vaginal cancer incidence rates have remained stable in females in the UK.
  • Over the last decade, vaginal cancer incidence rates have remained stable in females in the UK.
  • Vaginal cancer in England is more common in females living in the most deprived areas.
  • An estimated 1,200 women who had previously been diagnosed with vaginal cancer were alive in the UK at the end of 2010.

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  • There are around 100 vaginal cancer deaths in the UK every year, that's around 2 every week (2014-2016).
  • In females in the UK, vaginal cancer is not among the 20 most common causes of cancer death, with around 100 deaths in 2016.
  • Vaginal cancer accounts for less than 1% of all cancer deaths in females in the UK (2016).
  • Mortality rates for vaginal cancer in the UK are highest in females aged 90+ (2014-2016).
  • Since the early 1970s, vaginal cancer mortality rates have decreased by almost half (48%) in females in the UK.
  • Over the last decade, vaginal cancer mortality rates have remained stable in females in the UK.
  • Vaginal cancer deaths in England are more common in females living in the most deprived areas.

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  • More than half (53%) of women diagnosed with vaginal or vulval cancer in England survive their disease for ten years or more (2009-13).
  • Almost two-thirds (64%) of women diagnosed with vaginal or vulval cancer in England survive their disease for five years or more (2009-2013).
  • More than 8 in 10 (82%) women diagnosed with vaginal or vulval cancer in England survive their disease for one year or more (2009-2013).
  • Vagina and vulva cancer survival in England is highest for women diagnosed aged under 50 years old (2009-2013).
  • More than 8 in 10 women in England diagnosed with vagina or vulva cancer aged 15-49 survive their disease for five years or more, compared with almost 6 in 10 women diagnosed aged 70-89 (2009-2013).
  • Five-year relative survival for vaginal and vulval cancer in women is above the European average in England but similar to the European average in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • 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 1,421 UK females will be diagnosed with vaginal cancer in their lifetime.
  • 75% of vaginal cancer cases in the UK are preventable.

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  • '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.
  • Almost a fifth of vaginal cancer patients receive major surgical resection as part of their cancer treatment.

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