Cervical cancer key facts and statistics
First, how does someone develop cervical cancer?
Almost all cervical cancer cases (99 percent) are caused by HPV, the human papillomavirus, which is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections out there. Cervical cancer occurs when cancerous cells form in the cervix (the canal that connects the uterus and vagina). If it’s not treated, cervical cancer can also spread to surrounding areas in the pelvis or to other parts of the body.
How common is cervical cancer?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2018, there were 570,000 people around the globe diagnosed with cervical cancer, and around 311,000 died from the disease. It is most commonly found in sexually active people between the ages of 35 and 44.