Hysterectomy-Corrected Uterine Corpus Cancer Incidence Trends and Differences in Relative Survival Reveal Racial Disparities and Rising Rates of Nonendometrioid Cancers

J Clin Oncol. 2019 Aug 1;37(22):1895-1908. doi: 10.1200/JCO.19.00151. Epub 2019 May 22.


Purpose: Uterine corpus cancer incidence rates have been projected to increase, a prediction often attributed to the obesity epidemic. However, correct estimation of these rates requires accounting for hysterectomy prevalence, which varies by race, ethnicity, and region. Here, we evaluated recent trends in hysterectomy-corrected rates by race and ethnicity and histologic subtype and estimated differences in relative survival by race and ethnicity, subtype, and stage.

Methods: We estimated hysterectomy prevalence from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Hysterectomy-corrected age-standardized uterine corpus cancer incidence rates from 2000 to 2015 were calculated from the SEER 18 registries. Incidence rates and trends were estimated separately by race and ethnicity, region, and histologic subtype. Five-year relative survival rates were estimated by race and ethnicity, histologic subtype, and stage.

Results: Hysterectomy-corrected incidence rates of uterine corpus cancer were similar among non-Hispanic whites and blacks and lower among Hispanics and Asians/Pacific Islanders. Endometrioid carcinoma rates were highest in non-Hispanic whites, whereas nonendometrioid carcinoma and sarcoma rates were highest in non-Hispanic blacks. Hysterectomy-corrected uterine corpus cancer incidence increased among non-Hispanic whites from 2003 to 2015 and among non-Hispanic blacks, Hispanics, and Asians/Pacific Islanders from 2000 to 2015. Overall incidence rates among non-Hispanic blacks surpassed those of non-Hispanic whites in 2007. Endometrioid carcinoma rates rose among non-Hispanic blacks, Hispanics, and Asians/Pacific Islanders but were stable among non-Hispanic whites; however, nonendometrioid carcinoma rates rose significantly among all women. Non-Hispanic blacks had the lowest survival rates, irrespective of stage at diagnosis or histologic subtype.

Conclusion: Among all women, rates of nonendometrioid subtypes have been rising rapidly. Our analysis shows profound racial differences and disparities indicated by higher rates of nonendometrioid subtypes and poorer survival among non-Hispanic black women.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / epidemiology
  • Adenocarcinoma / ethnology
  • Adenocarcinoma / surgery*
  • Adult
  • African Americans
  • Aged
  • Carcinoma / epidemiology
  • Carcinoma / ethnology
  • Carcinoma / surgery*
  • Ethnicity
  • Female
  • Geography
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Humans
  • Hysterectomy*
  • Incidence
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Prevalence
  • Registries
  • Risk Factors
  • SEER Program
  • Survival Analysis
  • Survival Rate
  • Treatment Outcome
  • United States
  • Uterine Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Uterine Neoplasms / ethnology
  • Uterine Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Uterus / surgery*