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Cancer Statistics

The following statistics were collected from the website of the National Cancer Institute and its associated web sites including CancerNet and are ranked in order of lifetime risk of diagnosis.

Endometrial Cancer
Ovarian Cancer
Cervical Cancer
Leiomyosarcoma/Uterine Sarcoma (stats combined due to rarity)

* I've done my best to cull out and review these numbers several times as have 2 other pairs of eyes working with me on this. However, if anyone denotes any numbers that seem incorrect or ARE incorrect, please email me immediately! For the complete and most current report on all cancer statistics, please review the documentation available from the National Cancer Institute website. (Special thanks to Thucanh Nguyen for her work on this data collection.)

Endometrial Cancer

Rate of Incidence

22.4 cases per 100,000 white women per year; 15.3 cases per 100,000 black women per year (1992-1996).

Rank of Incidence

Fourth most common cause of cancer among women in the United States.

Mortality Rates

3.2 deaths per 100,000 population per year (white); 6 deaths per 100,000 population per year (black).

Survival Rates (1992-1996)


Women with a strong, clearly documented risk of ovarian cancer within their family may have a sound reason to perhaps ask the gynecological surgeon to remove their ovaries while performing their hysterectomy even when they are not diseased or cancerous at all.

Around 7% of all ovarian cancer is thought to be genetically related. Women who have witnessed the painful death of a close family member to ovarian cancer would, therefore, have compelling reason to want to avoid that prospect for themselves.

You should be aware, however, that an ovarian-type cancer could still occur in the pelvic region even without the presence of the ovaries - if you're destined to get this type of cancer, removing the ovaries does not, necessarily, protect you.

Ovarian Cancer

Rate of Incidence

United States (1987-1991)


Rate of Mortality

United States (1987-1991)

In 1994, there were 13,600 deaths from ovarian cancer. These rates have declined slightly over the years. Mortality rates are highest among white women, followed by Hawaiian and black women.

Survival Rates

Cervical Cancer

United States

World Rates (1992)

Incidence Rates

Rate of Mortality

United States (1986-88)

Survival Rates (5 year survival rate 1987-1991)

Leiomyosarcoma/Uterine Sarcoma (combined statistics)

Rate of Incidence



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