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Statistics About Cervical Cancer

Some people use numbers called statistics to figure out their chances of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chance of being cured. Statistics show what happens with large groups of people. But statistics can't be used to know or predict what will happen to a particular person. That's because no two people are alike.

These are some 2008 statistics about cervical cancer in the United States. They came from the American Cancer Society's booklet Cancer Facts & Figures.

  • About 11,070 women will find out they have invasive cervical cancer this year.
  • This year, about 3,870 women will die from cervical cancer.
  • Hispanic women and African-American women are more likely to get cervical cancer than non-Hispanic white women.
  • Half of the women who get cervical cancer are between 30 and 55 years of age.
  • All women with cervical cancer have had a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection at some time in their life. However, most women with an HPV infection will never get any disease related to that infection. Also, most HPV infections will clear on their own. Over the last 50 years, routine Pap test screening for cervical cancer has reduced deaths from the cancer by 74%.1

Still, cervical cancer is the second-most common cause of death from cancer in women across the world. Widespread use of HPV vaccines are expected to have a huge impact in resource-poor countries. In those areas, cervical cancer is often the most common cause of death from cancer in women.

References:

1. American Cancer Society. Detailed Guide: Cervical Cancer. What Are the Key Statistics About Cervical Cancer? Available at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/cri/cri_2x.asp.

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