ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of women who are diagnosed with uterine cancer each year. You will also read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.
This year, an estimated 63,230 women in the United States will be diagnosed with uterine endometrial cancer. Uterine cancer is the fourth most common cancer for women in the United States. Approximately 92% of uterine cancers occur in the endometrium. The incidence of endometrial cancer is rising, mostly because of a rise in obesity, which is an important risk factor for this disease.
It is estimated that 11,350 deaths from this disease will occur this year. It is the sixth most common cause of cancer death among women in the United States. Although uterine cancer rates are slightly higher among white women than black women, black women are more likely to die from uterine cancer than white women.
The 5-year survival rate tells you what percentage of women live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percentage means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for women with uterine cancer is 81%. The 5-year survival rates for white and black women with the disease are 84% and 62% respectively. Black women are less likely to be diagnosed with early-stage disease, and their survival rate at every stage is lower.
When the cancer is diagnosed, if it is still confined to the area where it started, it is called “local,” and the 5-year survival rate is about 95%. Approximately 69% of white women are diagnosed at this stage compared to 53% of black women. If the cancer has spread regionally, the 5-year survival rate is about 69%. If it is diagnosed after the cancer has spread into other areas of the body, the survival rate is 16%.
It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for women with uterine cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of women with this cancer in the United States. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnoses or treatments available for less than 5 years. Women should talk with their doctor if they have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.
Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2018.
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