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Cervical Cancer Survival Rates

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

This article aims to give you adequate information about Cervical Cancer Survival Rates and its implications.

Cervical Cancer Survival Rates Increase

The severity and incidence of Cervical Cancer has been greatly reduced from once being a killer disease to one that is relatively under control today in the developed countries.  In the US, the widespread use of cervical screening programs has reduced mortality rates by 74% from 1955 to 1992. Death rates continue to drop at a steady 4% annually.

Cervical Cancer Survival Rates Lowers with Early Detection and Tx

Regular pap tests and effective early stage treatment are responsible for the remarkable improvement in cervical cancer survival rates in the US. The Pap test screening procedure works in two ways; it detects changes in the cervix before cancer cells develop and it also detects cancer in its early curable stages. Treatment at the earliest stages of Cervical Cancer has improved the 5 year survival rate by as much as 92%, while the overall 5 year survival rate stands at 72%.

In the developing countries however the story of cervical cancer survival rates is exactly the opposite. It is estimated that worldwide there are 473,000 new cases detected each year of which there are 253,500 deaths reported. 80% of these cases are from the developing countries. In the US, Cervical Cancer is the 8th most deadly cancer, but worldwide it is the 5th. In parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, more women die from Cervical Cancer than from childbirth.

Cervical Cancer Survival Rates Decreases with Lack of Screening

The reason is a lack of screening procedures in these countries.  It is estimated that only 5% of women in developing countries are screened for Cervical Cancer as against 40-50% in the developed world, thereby drastically reducing cervical cancer survival rates in these countries.

Recently, several countries like China, India and Costa Rica have begun campaigns to control the disease to improve cervical cancer survival rates in their countries by introducing low-cost screening techniques. Prevention is the key to improving survival rates. Studies have indicated that a single screening in women 35 years of age and above can reduce the incidence of Cervical Cancer by as much as 25-35%.

As cervical cancer develops most often in midlife around the age of 65, it is important that older women continue to have regular Pap tests. This is also necessary because Cervical Cancer also tends to reoccur after being treated. Reoccurrence of the cancer can be treated just as effectively.

With more and more countries prioritizing screening measures, it is expected that cervical cancer survival rates will only improve with each passing year.

8 Responses to “Cervical Cancer Survival Rates”

  1. GetTheBallRolling says:

    The problem with cervical cancer is that if you don’t catch it early enough or the initial treatment fails you (and I’m talking about for as early as Stage 2), your prognosis falls dramatically. You know those famous HeLa cells? Cervical cancer. It’s just so fast moving and persistent.

    It’s great that people are more aware, but research-wise, we need to get the ball rolling. It’s appalling how the survival rate jumps down from >90% to 60-70 percent from Stage I and II.

    And I don’t want to scare or be a downer to anyone who has this cancer though. The percentages are not 100 percent, so you still have a chance. You can fight it. It’s just cervical cancer research doesn’t seem to get as much coverage, and I really want doctors and researchers to jump on it.

    So if you or someone you know has cervical cancer, go over every option you can. If you feel your doctor isn’t doing enough for you, don’t be afraid to get a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th opinion. Check out clinical trials you can join – the trials coming out soon look especially promising – but I’ll tell you now a lot of them require you not to have had chemo or radiation for at least a month prior to starting.

    Just don’t give up.

  2. Karen says:

    I was diagnosed with Stage IV Cervical Cancer March 2010 and I am doing great and feel great. I followed the recommended therapies, stayed positive, stayed as busy as I could, and rested when I could. Stage IV is not a death sentence. Go to a women’s cancer hospital and research your doctors and centers. Good luck.

  3. Miglena says:

    Hello Karen! I am happy you are feeling so fine! I was diagnozed with Stage 3 Cervical cancer before one year. I am feeling fantastic but my test are showing some activity in two lymph nodes. My mail is megy_na75@yahoo.com and i am from Europe. I was wondering if yo could write to me what was your treatment.

  4. Allan says:

    Hi karen- My sister was just diagnosed with 3B cervical cancer. I too would like to know what treatment you chose ? We are looking into ‘Dr.Hulda Clarks” natural approach. My sister has also had chronic mold lung disease for the last 10 years and I know this has weakened her immune system, so I’m a bit fearful of the radiation/chemo direction. i’d like to know more about the direction you,ve taken. Thanks, Allan

  5. Donna says:

    Hello Karen
    I am glad to hear you are doing great. I also was diagnosed with stage 1v cervical cancer. In the summer of 2008 I was given 3 days to a week to live. Try and wrap your brain aroung that! Like you, I followed the recommended therapies, I had 7 bouts of chemo, each 5 hours long.

    I also stay very busy. I am an Artist, so I paint and teach painting classes. Am very positive living, and love each day. Its been 2 1/2 years now and I feel great!

    Hang in there….remission is a great word, and one never knows when it will appear or for how long.

    God bless you all

  6. Lori says:

    I was originally diagnosed with stage 1B2 cervical cancer. The CT scans were good and the pathology from my hysterectomy was clean. Three months later it spread to my lungs. Is there anyone with a similar situation?

  7. brenda says:

    I have stage 2a cervix cancer did chemo and radiation did pet scan they said it spreaded to my lymph nodes now they said I will have to be on chemo for rest of my life and life span is 12 months to 4 yrs. does this sound right??

  8. Margie says:

    I was diagnosed in 1985 with stage II cervical cancer. I had a partial hysterectomy and radiation therapy (total of 4000 rads)including a radium insertion (2000 rads). Twenty-five years later I am still cancer free! I do however live every day with some side effects of the radiation but was able to see my children grow up and my grandchildren grow.

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