Cervical Cancer: Mortality Rates

Department of Health written question – answered at on 29 June 2016.

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Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Labour, Ashfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the one-year survival rates are for women diagnosed with cervical cancer following (a) a routine smear test and (b) diagnosis by other means.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Cervical screening is not a test for cancer. Cervical screening detects abnormalities within the cervix that could, if undetected and untreated, develop into cervical cancer. It is unusual to detect an invasive cervical cancer on a screening test and this would need to be confirmed by a diagnostic test.

For those cervical cancers which are detected through screening, the one-year relative survival is 99%. This compares to 86% for all cervical cancers; 83% for those diagnosed after a Two Week Wait referral; and 45% for those diagnosed as an emergency.

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