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Cervical Cancer Facts and Figures

Incidence

  • Cervical cancer accounts for 2% of all new cancer cases in women.
  • The Age Standardized Incidence Rate (ASIR) of cervical cancer was 7.5 per 100,000 women in 2004.
  • Most cervical cancer (67%) occurs in women aged 30-59.
  • Incidence rates of cervical cancer have decreased steadily over the past several decades. This is likely due to increased use of the Pap Smear Test for detecting pre-invasive lesions.

Age standardized incidence and mortality rates women cervical cancer, Canada, 1972-2004

Figure: Age standardized incidence and mortality rates women cervical cancer, Canada, 1972-2004

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Mortality

  • In 2004 cervical cancer represented 1.2% (388) of all cancer deaths in women.
  • The Age Standardized Mortality Rate (ASMR) for cervical cancer has declined steadily over the past several decades. The decline can be attributed to prevention and also screening (i.e. Pap smear/test) leading to early detection.

Survival

  • Five year relative survival rates are approximately 74% for women.


* Data source is from the Canadian Cancer Registry Database (Orius system)