Previous US Cervical Cancer Death Rates Underestimated

Deaths from lung and airway cancers in 2014 were highest in Kentucky and West Virginia. Deaths were lowest in states such as Idaho New Mexico Utah Colorado and parts of Arizona

Kidney cancer killed more people in Oklahoma, the Dakotas, Texas, Alaska and certain counties along the Mississippi River.

For cancers with high survival rates, such as testicular cancer and Hodgkin lymphoma, wide differences in death rates should "raise a red flag", Murray said. Women may require a biopsy if they have positive test results, she says, as well as other treatments that can lower the odds that their abnormal cervical cells will turn into cancer. For black women, the corrected mortality rate was 10.1 per 100,000 women (up from 5.7 per 100,000 women), and for white women, the corrected rate was 4.7 per 100,000 women (up from 3.2 per 100,000). In the United States, there are 12,000 cases of cervical cancer each year and around 4,000 deaths. Widespread Pap testing has been identified as a key reason for the drop in cervical cancer rates and severity over the years.

We also know that, for women who delay attending, having the opportunity to self-test in their home and send the sample back to be tested would be welcomed.

In counties scattered across the Northeast states, steep declines in smoking rates during that 35-year stretch drove down relatively high death rates from cancers of the respiratory system. Those are rates that are 47% and 77% higher than previously calculated.

Details about eligibility for the Health Department's free cervical and breast cancer screening can be found on our website or by calling 209-8009.

"This is one of the few cancers that is preventable". It can also find cervical cancer early and in its most curable stage. It is estimated that only 60-64 percent of women and 50 percent of men in Pennsylvania get the first shot in the series.

Robert Music, Chief Executive of the trust, said that "smear tests prevent 75% of cervical cancers from developing".

HPV vaccinations are dispensed in three doses, and recommended for both males and females. "Women need to take that time to make sure you are getting your pap smears". The potentially cancerous cells can then be excised, frozen or destroyed by using a laser.

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"It is therefore important for women to accept their invitation for a screening test - it could literally save your life". With treatment, less than 1% of them do.

"Women of lower soci-economic status and African American status and even Hispanics bear more of the risk because of the inequality and in access to screening", said Boulay. Similarly, despite expert recommendations, only about half of American women undergo regular Pap smear screening.

"We do have a very, very good screening test for this, which is the Pap smear".

Sadly, given the political winds now blowing in Washington and various state capitals, we probably won't see any improvements soon.

Dr. Sarah Tempkin is New Chair of Gynecologic Oncology at Massey Cancer Center.

The study was published in the journal Cancer on Monday and was conducted by John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers.

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