At a glance:
Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer in women, and the seventh overall, with an estimated 530 000 new cases in 2008. More than 85% of the global burden occurs in developing countries, where it accounts for 13% of all female cancers.
High-risk regions are Eastern and Western Africa (ASR greater then 30 per 100,000), Southern Africa (26.8 per 100,000), South-Central Asia (24.6 per 100,000), South America and Middle Africa (ASRs 23.9 and 23.0 per 100,000 respectively). Rates are lowest in Western Asia, Northern America and Australia/New Zealand (ASRs less than 6 per 100,00). Cervical cancer remains the most common cancer in women only in Eastern Africa, South-Central Asia and Melanesia.
Overall, the mortality: incidence ratio is 52%, and cervical cancer is responsible for 275 000 deaths in 2008, about 88% of which occur in developing countries: 53 000 in Africa, 31 700 in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 159 800 in Asia.