Cervical cancer survival rates provide a broad, point-in-time snapshot that can be useful for researchers when interpreting and discussing patient outcomes. Some patients find this information helpful, and others do not. Either way, it’s important for patients to understand that a survival rate is simply a statistic. Because each patient’s situation is influenced by many different factors, a statistic can never conclusively predict an individual patient’s outcome. A cervical cancer patient who has questions about her own prognosis is encouraged to speak with a physician who fully understands her situation.
With that said, the five-year survival rate for women with any stage of cervical cancer is estimated to be approximately two-thirds. This means that a majority of women survive at least five years after being diagnosed with cervical cancer. However, when cervical cancer is detected at an early stage, the five-year survival rate jumps to approximately 91 percent. This underscores the importance of regular Pap smears, which can detect cervical cancer in its earliest stages.
Some factors medical experts believe have the potential to improve the cervical cancer survival rates include:
- Maintaining good overall health and wellness
- Being knowledgeable about symptoms and recognizing them early
- Following up with a physician promptly when symptoms develop
- Detecting the condition early
- Adhering to an individualized treatment plan
- Responding well to cancer treatments
At Moffitt Cancer Center, our clinicians and researchers are working continually to develop new screening and treatment techniques to improve cervical cancer survival rates and provide our patients with a higher quality of life. We welcome any patient who would like to be screened for cervical cancer or who has questions about her prognosis, and we do not require referrals. We offer our patients access to comprehensive care that incorporates treatment, support and multispecialty expert opinions in a single, convenient location.