Here is some information from World Cancer Research Fund International on the global impact of three gynecologic cancers - cervical, ovarian and endometrial.
- 7th most common cancer in women worldwide
- 239,000 cases in 2012 worldwide
- 5 year survival rate varies from 30-50%
- In 2012 the rate of ovarian cancer was more than two times higher in Central and Eastern Europe compared with Eastern Asia.
- The 5-year prevalence of women globally living with ovarian cancer is 22.6 per 100,000.
- 6th most common cancer in women worldwide
- 320,000 cases in 2012 worldwide
- 5-year survival rate of over 91%
- The 5-year prevalence of women globally living with endometrial cancer is 46.8 per 100,000 (estimated from incidence and observed survival by cancer and age group).
- 4th most common cancer in women worldwide
- 528,000 cases in 2012 worldwide
- Highest incidence of cervical cancer was in Africa and in Latin America & Caribbean
- Women become susceptible to developing cervical cancer following HPV infection, but other environmental factors are required for the cancer to develop.
You can join the campaign to reduce the cancer burden worldwide by signing the declaration on the UICC site, take part in the 'Talking Hands' activity or use the hashtag #WorldCancerDay or #WeCanICan on social media. Learn more at: www.worldcancerday.org