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According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, 604,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2020. About 341,000 of those cases were lethal. The disease is most commonly diagnosed in women who are 30-65 years old. The average age at diagnosis is 50 years. The disease rarely occurs in girls younger than 20 years or older women. In 9 out of 10 cases, the pathology is caused by papillomavirus. Early diagnosis and comprehensive treatment help achieve the best survival rate. Find out how life expectancy differs at different stages of cancer development in this article.



Life expectancy at stage 0 cervical cancer

At 0 stage, the malignant cells affect only the surface of the organ. This stage is not included in the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) system and is called “in situ” carcinoma.

    “Zero stage” cervical cancer is curable. Patients undergo surgery to remove the tumour. More than 99% of women pass the 5-year survival threshold.


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At this stage, the disease has no symptoms. Therefore, it is only possible to detect the development of the disease during gynaecological examinations.


At stage 0, the disease is diagnosed in women between the ages of 31 and 36. Only 7% of women manage to detect the disease of the “in situ” stage.


Life expectancy also depends on the age of the patient. The younger the woman, the higher the chances of remission. The overall 5-year survival rate according to the age criterion is:


    иконка галочки 30-40 years old – 93%  

    иконка галочки 40-55 years old – 72%  

    иконка галочки over 55 years old – 49%


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The survival rate for stage 1 cervical cancer

    The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) classifies cervical cancer into 4 stages. Generally, an initial stage cancer is detected during cervical screening or ultrasound examination.


In the first stage of disease development, the malignant cells are limited to the organ. They do not spread to neighbouring tissues or other organs. This stage has 2 groups: 1A and 1B. They are also divided into several subtypes.


The 5-year survival rate of patients for each stage is as follows:


    иконка галочки Stage 1A1 – cancer has penetrated organ tissue less than 3 mm – 95% 

    иконка галочки Stage 1A2 – tumor has penetrated 3-5 mm of organ tissue – 90% 

    иконка галочки Stage 1B1 – 1-2 cm in size – 80%

    иконка галочки Stage 1B2 – tumor size 2 to 4 cm – 75%

    иконка галочки Stage 1B3 – tumor larger than 4 centimeters – 65%

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The survival rate is influenced by the age of the patient, the presence of comorbid pathologies, the treatment program, and the patient’s lifestyle. The younger the patient, the higher the chances of winning the fight against the disease. The overall 5-year survival rate for cervical cancer is 66%.

For most patients, surgery is the mainstay of treatment. The severity of the intervention depends on the course of the malignant process and the need to preserve fertility. Abroad, about 80% of patients with stage 1 oncology can save the possibility of having a child in the future.


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Additional treatments, such as radiation and chemical therapy, are recommended to kill residual cancer cells and reduce the risk of disease recurrence.


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How long do people live with Stage II cervical cancer?

Stage II tumour has spread beyond the organ and affected the upper two-thirds of the vagina or other neighbouring tissues. Doctors distinguish two subgroups of the disease – 2A and 2B. Life expectancy with stage 2 cervical cancer is:


    иконка галочки Stage 2A – 4-5 cm tumor without lymph node involvement – 73% to 90%  

    иконка галочкиStage 2B – the tumor has affected tissues around the organ and lymph nodes – 60% to 84%  


The surgery is indicated for stage 2A disease. It involves complete removal of the womb and cervix – a radical hysterectomy.


The doctor also performs resection of the pelvic lymph nodes. The patient then receives a course of chemicals and radiation.


Radiotherapy is indicated for 5 weeks and chemo for 2-3 weeks. The use of targeted drugs is possible.

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    For stage 2A and 2B cancers, 77% of patients survive for five years or more. This figure is typical for patients who receive chemotherapy and radiation therapy at the same time. Less than 50% of patients reach the 5-year milestone if they’ve received radiation therapy alone.

How long do people live with stage 3 cervical cancer?

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In the third stage of the disease, cancer cells are found in the lymph nodes and abdominal cavity. A combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy is indicated to treat the pathology.


Such a stage is divided into substages: 3A, 3B, and 3C. The latter, in turn, has subtypes: 3C1 and 3C2. The life expectancy of patients according to this classification is:


    иконка галочки Grade 3A – the tumor is found on the lower third of the vagina – 50%  

    иконка галочкиGrade 3B – the tumour has reached the pelvic wall or is blocking the ureter – 40%  

    иконка галочкиGrade 3C – tumour of any size that has invaded the abdominal or pelvic lymph nodes – 30%

The prognosis for stage 4 cervical cancer

At this stage of cervical cancer, the disease has affected nearby organs or other parts of the body. Stage 4 is divided into two subcategories:


    иконка галочки 4A – the tumour has affected the bladder or rectum but has not affected distant parts of the body.  

    иконка галочки 4B – Cancer cells are in the lungs, liver, or bones.  


For stage 4 of the disease, the survival rate of patients does not exceed 19%. To slow down the progression of the pathology, chemotherapy is combined with radiation. Surgery is not performed at this stage.

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    Survival rate by cervical cancer histotype

    Malignant neoplasms of the cervix are divided into 2 main histological types: squamous cell tumours and adenocarcinomas. Squamous cell cancer accounts for more than 90% of all cases. For adenocarcinoma, the statistics are less optimistic. This is because such tumours are less often detected at an early stage.

Overall 5-year survival rates by stage and tumour histotype 

Disease stageSquamous cell carcinomaAdenocarcinoma
Stage 1 94,1% 75,5%
Stage 281,7%64,2%
Stage 345,8%34,6%
Stage 419,2%12,1%


    How long do people live with cervical cancer if left untreated?

    If left untreated, these malignant tumours progress rapidly. They affect the bladder, intestines, lymph nodes, bones, lungs, and liver. Without treatment, terminal oncopathology is fatal within two to three years.

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    иконка галочки The 5-year life expectancy for stage 1 uterine cancer is 65-95%. This is one of the most optimistic and high rates. Early diagnosis and the right oncotherapy program allow some patients to be cured and remain fertile.

    иконка галочки If no metastases are found in stage 2 cancer, then the treatment prognosis is favorable. If there are cancer cells in the lymph nodes, the survival rate for stage 2 cervical cancer is 60-75%.

    иконка галочки The 5-year life expectancy after removal of stage 3 cervical cancer is 30-50%.

    иконка галочки The overall survival rate after grade 4 cervical cancer is less than 19%.

    иконка галочки About 46% of patients with adenocarcinoma pass the 5-year threshold, and for squamous cell tumours, the overall rate is 60%.  

    иконка галочки Without treatment, patients with advanced cervical cancer live for about two to three years.  

    иконка галочки For the treatment of this disease, foreign patients choose clinics such as Medicina, Motol, Navarra, Liv, Anadolu and Cologne.  


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  1. American Cancer Society
  2. National Center for Biotechnology Information
  3. ACS Journals
  4. National Center for Biotechnology Information
  5. Medical News Today
  6. Cancer Council NSW 


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