Prognosis estimates

Use this page if you prefer to know the estimates for percentages of women who typically survive five years after being diagnosed with cervical cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body., and to see how these rough guides relate to particular stages of cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body..

The figures below are the five-year survival rates for cervical cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. by stage at diagnosisThe process of determining which condition a patient may have..

It is important to remember that these figures cannot tell you how you will do as an individual. They are just an indication, based on how other women with cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. at the same stage have tended to progress.

Stage 0

In this stage the cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. has not spread beyond the outer tissues of your cervixAny neck-like structure; most commonly refers to the neck of the uterus. and is known as carcinomaA malignant tumour (cancer) that is formed from the epithelium, the tissue that covers the open surfaces of the body. in situ. Nearly all women whose cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. is diagnosed at this stage will survive for at least five years.

Stage 1

The cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. is still only in your cervixAny neck-like structure; most commonly refers to the neck of the uterus., but it has started to invade deeper tissues within it. Stage 1 cancers are divided into groups depending on the size of the tumour.

Stage 1A

In stage 1a the cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. can only be seen with a microscope. About 95 per cent of women whose cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. is diagnosed at this stage will survive for at least five years.

Stage 1B

The cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. can usually be seen without a microscope. Between 80 and 90 per cent of women whose cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. is diagnosed at this stage will survive for at least five years.

Stage 2

The cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. has spread beyond your cervixAny neck-like structure; most commonly refers to the neck of the uterus. into the surrounding tissues, but has not spread beyond your pelvicRelating to the pelvis. wall. Stage 2 is divided into two groups.

Stage 2A

The cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. has spread into the upper two thirds of your vagina. Between 70 and 90 per cent of women whose cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. is diagnosed at this stage will survive for at least five years.

Stage 2B

The cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. has spread into the tissue next to your cervixAny neck-like structure; most commonly refers to the neck of the uterus.. Between 60 and 70 per cent of women whose cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. is diagnosed at this stage will survive for at least five years.

Stage 3

The cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. has spread to the lower third of your vagina or to your pelvicRelating to the pelvis. wall. Between 30 and 50 per cent of women whose cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. is diagnosed at this stage will survive for at least five years.

Stage 4

The cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. has spread to nearby organs or into other parts of your body. Up to to 30 per cent of women whose cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. is diagnosed at this stage will survive for at least five years.

Support

Becoming aware of your prognosis can be a very difficult time. Many women and their families need a great deal of support and help to get through receiving and processing the news of a cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. prognosis.

It may be helpful at this time to contact organisations that specialise in helping people live with cervical cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. - see the Around the world directory.