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Study examines the risk of cervical cancer death
Cervical cancer is the third most common malignant tumor in women. This type of cancer leads to a large number of deaths worldwide. Researchers have now found that the risk of dying from cervical cancer appears to be much higher than previously thought by doctors and medical professionals.
Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore found that there was a much higher risk of cervical cancer death than experts previously thought. According to the latest data, the death rate from cervical cancer in black women is 77 percent higher than previously thought. The rate is 47 percent higher for white women. The results of the doctors were published by the "American Cancer Society".
Mortality from cervical cancer is higher than expected
Over the past four years, cervical cancer deaths in the United States have more than halved. This trend actually seems to be very gratifying. However, current research suggests that previous estimates may have underestimated the cause of female death. The death rate appears to be much higher than previously thought by doctors and medical professionals.
This year, approximately 4,210 women in the United States will die from cervical cancer
This year, it is estimated that around 12,820 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the United States, the experts say. In addition, approximately 4,210 women in the United States will die from the disease, explains Dr. Anne Rositch of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Deaths from cervical cancer have actually declined in the past 40 years
According to the American Cancer Society, deaths from cervical cancer have decreased by more than 50 percent in the past 40 years. This effect is primarily due to an increase in what is known as cervical screening, the researchers explain. However, the risk of dying from cervical cancer appears to be significantly higher than previously thought by medical professionals.
Study analyzed various large data sets
For their study, the scientists used the data from the National Center for Health Statistics from 2002 to 2012 and the “NCI Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Mortality Database”. The researchers used the behavioral risk factor surveillance system for the new analysis. This enabled them to determine the number of women who had undergone a hysterectomy between 2002 and 2012.
Mortality rate is much higher than previously expected
The new results show that cervical cancer mortality in the United States was 4.7 per 100,000 white women between 2000 and 2012. So far, the value has been estimated at 3.2 out of 100,000 women. In other words, the cervical cancer mortality rate is 47 percent higher than previously thought by American experts. In the case of black women, the figure was 77 percent higher. The previous estimate was 5.7 out of 100,000 women. Current research is now estimating the value in 10.1 out of 100,000 women, the scientists explain.
Decreasing differences in mortality were noted
It was also striking that the gap in mortality between black and white women seems to narrow, especially among women between the ages of 20 and 40. This could be an early sign of the effects of the so-called HPV vaccination, the experts add. (as)