Statistics at a Glance

At a Glance

Estimated New Cases in 2018 63,230

% of All New Cancer Cases 3.6%

Estimated Deaths in 2018 11,350

% of All Cancer Deaths 1.9%

Percent Surviving
5 Years

81.1% 2008-2014
Year New Cases - SEER 9 New Cases - SEER 13 Deaths - U.S. Percent Surviving 5 Years - SEER 9
1975 35.5 - 5.3 87.8%
1976 34.4 - 5.3 87.3%
1977 31.7 - 5.2 85.4%
1978 30.1 - 5.1 84.1%
1979 27.9 - 5.0 83.4%
1980 27.3 - 5.1 79.6%
1981 27.3 - 4.9 80.5%
1982 26.8 - 4.9 80.8%
1983 26.5 - 4.8 80.7%
1984 25.7 - 4.7 82.6%
1985 25.2 - 4.6 82.8%
1986 24.4 - 4.4 82.0%
1987 24.7 - 4.4 81.4%
1988 23.6 - 4.3 82.2%
1989 24.4 - 4.3 83.2%
1990 25.0 - 4.3 82.5%
1991 24.6 - 4.2 83.2%
1992 24.8 24.4 4.2 85.1%
1993 24.3 23.9 4.2 83.0%
1994 25.1 24.3 4.2 82.2%
1995 25.3 24.9 4.1 84.1%
1996 24.9 24.5 4.1 83.2%
1997 25.9 25.3 4.0 84.1%
1998 25.7 24.9 4.1 83.2%
1999 25.3 24.6 4.1 84.3%
2000 24.8 23.8 4.1 85.2%
2001 25.3 24.8 4.2 83.2%
2002 24.9 24.0 4.2 82.8%
2003 24.4 23.6 4.1 83.4%
2004 25.1 24.0 4.1 82.6%
2005 25.0 24.1 4.1 82.9%
2006 24.6 24.1 4.2 84.8%
2007 25.3 24.5 4.2 83.9%
2008 26.1 25.3 4.2 82.9%
2009 27.4 26.5 4.2 83.2%
2010 27.5 26.7 4.5 83.4%
2011 27.1 26.6 4.5 -
2012 27.5 27.1 4.5 -
2013 27.0 26.6 4.6 -
2014 27.7 27.1 4.7 -
2015 27.5 26.9 4.8 -

Number of New Cases and Deaths per 100,000: The number of new cases of uterine cancer was 26.0 per 100,000 women per year. The number of deaths was 4.6 per 100,000 women per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2011-2015 cases and deaths.

Lifetime Risk of Developing Cancer: Approximately 2.9 percent of women will be diagnosed with uterine cancer at some point during their lifetime, based on 2013-2015 data.

Prevalence of This Cancer: In 2015, there were an estimated 727,200 women living with uterine cancer in the United States.

Survival Statistics

How Many People Survive 5 Years Or More after Being Diagnosed with Uterine Cancer?

Relative survival statistics compare the survival of patients diagnosed with cancer with the survival of people in the general population who are the same age, race, and sex and who have not been diagnosed with cancer. Because survival statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient. No two patients are entirely alike, and treatment and responses to treatment can vary greatly.

81.1%

Percent Surviving
5 Years

81.1%

Based on data from SEER 18 2008-2014. Gray figures represent those who have died from uterine cancer. Green figures represent those who have survived 5 years or more.

Additional Information

Survival by Stage

Cancer stage at diagnosis, which refers to extent of a cancer in the body, determines treatment options and has a strong influence on the length of survival. In general, if the cancer is found only in the part of the body where it started it is localized (sometimes referred to as stage 1). If it has spread to a different part of the body, the stage is regional or distant. The earlier uterine cancer is caught, the better chance a person has of surviving five years after being diagnosed. For uterine cancer, 66.9% are diagnosed at the local stage. The 5-year survival for localized uterine cancer is 94.9%.

Percent of Cases & 5-Year Relative Survival by Stage at Diagnosis: Uterine Cancer
Stage Percent of Cases 5-Year Relative Survival
Localized
Confined to Primary Site
67% 94.9%
Regional
Spread to Regional Lymph Nodes
21% 68.6%
Distant
Cancer has Metastasized
9% 16.3%
Unknown
Unstaged
3% 52.0%

SEER 18 2008-2014, All Races, Females by SEER Summary Stage 2000

Additional Information

Number of New Cases and Deaths

How Common Is This Cancer?

Compared to other cancers, uterine cancer is fairly common.

Rank Common Types of Cancer Estimated New
Cases 2018
Estimated
Deaths 2018
1. Breast Cancer (Female) 266,120 40,920
2. Lung and Bronchus Cancer 234,030 154,050
3. Prostate Cancer 164,690 29,430
4. Colorectal Cancer 140,250 50,630
5. Melanoma of the Skin 91,270 9,320
6. Bladder Cancer 81,190 17,240
7. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 74,680 19,910
8. Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer 65,340 14,970
9. Uterine Cancer 63,230 11,350
10. Leukemia 60,300 24,370

Uterine cancer represents 3.6% of all new cancer cases in the U.S.

3.6%

In 2018, it is estimated that there will be 63,230 new cases of uterine cancer and an estimated 11,350 people will die of this disease.

Who Gets This Cancer?

Most cases of endometrial cancer are diagnosed in women aged 45-74. The number of new cases of uterine cancer was 26.0 per 100,000 women per year based on 2011-2015 cases.

Number of New Cases per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity: Uterine Cancer
Males
All Races Sex-specific cancer type
White
Black
Asian/Pacific Islander
American Indian/Alaska Native
Hispanic
Non-Hispanic
Females
All Races 26.0
White 26.6
Black 25.4
Asian/Pacific Islander 20.8
American Indian/Alaska Native 19.6
Hispanic 22.5
Non-Hispanic 26.4

SEER 18 2011-2015, Age-Adjusted

Percent of New Cases by Age Group: Uterine Cancer
Age Range Percent of New Cases
<20 0.0%
20-34 1.7%
35-44 5.4%
45-54 16.3%
55-64 34.6%
65-74 26.6%
75-84 11.4%
>84 3.9%

Uterine cancer is most frequently diagnosed among women aged 55-64.

Median Age
At Diagnosis

62

SEER 18 2011-2015, All Races, Females

Who Dies From This Cancer?

Most deaths from endometrial cancer occur in women who are middle-aged or older. Uterine cancer is the fifteenth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The number of deaths was 4.6 per 100,000 women per year based on 2011-2015.

Number of Deaths per 100,000 Persons by Race/Ethnicity: Uterine Cancer
Males
All Races Sex-specific cancer type
White
Black
Asian/Pacific Islander
American Indian/Alaska Native
Hispanic
Non-Hispanic
Females
All Races 4.6
White 4.3
Black 8.3
Asian/Pacific Islander 2.9
American Indian/Alaska Native 3.6
Hispanic 3.8
Non-Hispanic 4.7

U.S. 2011-2015, Age-Adjusted

Percent of Deaths by Age Group: Uterine Cancer
Age Range Percent of Deaths
<20 0.0%
20-34 0.4%
35-44 1.8%
45-54 7.6%
55-64 23.6%
65-74 30.2%
75-84 22.5%
>84 13.9%

The percent of uterine cancer deaths is highest among women aged 65-74.

Median Age
At Death

70

U.S. 2011-2015, All Races, Females

Trends in Rates

Changes Over Time

Keeping track of the number of new cases, deaths, and survival over time (trends) can help scientists understand whether progress is being made and where additional research is needed to address challenges, such as improving screening or finding better treatments.

Using statistical models for analysis, rates for new uterine cancer cases have been rising on average 1.3% each year over the last 10 years. Death rates have been rising on average 1.6% each year over 2006-2015. 5-year survival trends are shown below.

More About This Cancer

Cancer and the Uterus

Figure: Female Reproductive Anatomy

Figure: Anatomy of the female reproductive system; drawing shows the uterus, myometrium (muscular outer layer of the uterus), endometrium (inner lining of the uterus), ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, and vagina.

Did You Know? Video Series

Uterine cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the endometrium.

The endometrium is the lining of the uterus, a hollow, muscular organ in a woman’s pelvis. In most non-pregnant women, the uterus is about 3 inches long. The lower, narrow end of the uterus is the cervix, which leads to the vagina.

Additional Information

More Information

Here are some resources for learning more about uterine cancer.

References

All statistics in this report are based on statistics from SEER and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Most can be found within:

Noone AM, Howlader N, Krapcho M, Miller D, Brest A, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z, Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2015, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, https://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2015/, based on November 2017 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER web site, April 2018.

Suggested Citation

All material in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission; citation as to source, however, is appreciated.

SEER Cancer Stat Facts: Uterine Cancer. National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/corp.html

These stat facts focus on population statistics that are based on the U.S. population. Because these statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient. To see tailored statistics, browse the SEER Cancer Statistics Review. To see statistics for a specific state, go to the State Cancer Profiles.

The statistics presented in these stat facts are based on the most recent data available, most of which can be found in the SEER Cancer Statistics Review. In some cases, different year spans may be used. Estimates for the current year are based on past data.

Cancer is a complex topic. There is a wide range of information available. These stat facts do not address causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care, or decision making, although links are provided to information in many of these areas.