Cervical Cancer Epidemiology in the U.S.

  • 12,845 new cervical cancer cases were diagnosed in 2015 (rate = 7.6 per 100,000 women).1
  • 4,175 deaths were caused by cervical cancer in 2015 (rate = 2.3 per 100,000 women).1
  • Decline in cervical cancer cases and deaths in past 40 years correlated with Pap testing and detection and treatment of cervical pre-cancerous lesions.
  • Treatment costs top $2 billion per year.
  • The majority of cervical cancers (50% to 64%) occur in women who were rarely or never screened.


1 U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. U.S. Cancer Statistics Data Visualizations Tool, based on November 2017 submission data (1999–2015): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Cancer Institute; June 2018.

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