Here are some statistics to help you put cervical cancer into perspective:
- Each year, more than 500,000 women worldwide develop cervical cancer and about 275,000 women die from the disease. The majority of these deaths occur in developing countries.
- The American Cancer Society estimates that about 12,900 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2015.
- About 4,100 women are estimated to die from cervical cancer in 2015.
- In the United States, Hispanic women are most likely to get cervical cancer, followed by African-Americans.
- In 2011, African-American women were more likely to die of cervical cancer than any other group, followed by Hispanic, white, Asian/Pacific Islander, and then American Indian/Alaska Native women.
- Most cases of cervical cancer are found in women younger than 50. It rarely develops in women younger than 20.
- More than 15% of cases of cervical cancer are found in women over 65.
American Cancer Society. Accessed online July 2015
Centers for Disease Control. Accessed online July 2015