Worldwide, cervical cancer is one of the common cancers among women, following breast cancer which is number one. Cervical cancer affects 400.000 to 500,000 new women each year, and kills about 270 000. Cervical cancer represents 6% of all cancers in women. However, the incidence varies between developing countries and developed countries.
While cervical cancer is a very common cancer among women in developing countries, it is the 8th most common cancer among women in the United States. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), it is estimated that 11,270 women were diagnosed with cancer of the cervix uteri in 2009; about 4,070 women died of it.
On January 1, 2006, in the United States, there were approximately 248,166 women alive who had a history of cancer of the cervix uteri. This includes any person alive on January 1, 2006 who had been diagnosed with cancer of the cervix uteri at any point prior to January 1, 2006 and includes persons with active disease and those who are cured of their cancer.