Cervical Cancer Rates Underestimated, Study Says
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A new study in the journal Cancer states that cervical cancer rates in the U.S. are actually higher than reported due to the inclusion of women who have undergone a hysterectomy. Anne F. Rositch, PhD, MSPH, and colleagues from Johns Hopkins University utilized data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) to estimate the number of hysterectomies performed from 2000–2009 in the U.S. When these women were excluded from the cervical cancer incidence rates in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) 18 registry, the rates increased from 11.7 per 100,000 women to 18.6 per 100,000 women. The greatest corrected incidence was among 65–69-year-old women and African American women. Because routine cervical cancer screening is not recommended for women >65 years of age, the authors state that these guidelines may need to be reconsidered.
Rates of cervical cancer are higher than previously reported, according to a new study, specifically among older women and black women. Previous estimates put the rate of cervical cancer at 11.7 per 100,000 women, with prevalence peaking for women between ages 40 and 44. But most of those ...
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