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Joy Montgomery
January 27, 2017

In 1980, the overall lowest mortality rate occurred in Summit County, Colorado, with 130.6 deaths per 100,000 people.

"Racial disparity may be explained by lack of access or limited access to cervical cancer screening programs among black women, when compared to whites", said Dr. Marcela del Carmen, a gynecologic oncologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, who was not involved in the new study.

Bakkum-Gamez says there's now only clinical trial data available on the HPV vaccines but that data shows receiving it is effective in decreasing the risk of developing cervical cancers and pre-cancers. A woman who has had her cervix removed in a hysterectomy obviously has no chance of dying from cervical cancer, but this study was the first to take that into account and adjust the rates accordingly.

The study's results were based on death records from the National Center for Health Statistics, which show cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the USA, right behind heart disease.

Charity Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust has found that the number of women attending potentially life-saving cervical screening tests in England is falling.

Women can be examined for cervical cancer through a Pap Smear.

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Still, in 2016, an estimated 12,990 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 4,120 died from the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

From 1980 to 2014, the US death rate per 100,000 people for all cancers combined dropped from about 240 to 192 - a 20 per cent decline.

But while Miami-Dade's mortality rate for all cancers has declined, Mokdad said it is important to consider the disparities across and within communities. Vaccinating against the Human Papilloma Virus can help prevent some cervical cancers at an early age, ” said Donna Walsh, acting health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County. So, during Cervical Health Awareness Month, keep in mind to ask your doctor for an HPV test next time you go for an annual exam!

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide. "These are young women with families, with children". A Pap smear can detect the earliest signs of cervical cancer. In fact, increased use of the Pap smear was one of the main reason why over the last 40 years the cervical cancer death rate went down.

It's recommended that even boys get the HPV vaccine because they can pass on the virus. "Women need to take that time to make sure you are getting your pap smears". Tests for specific HPV strains can support earlier diagnosis of cervical cancer. The cell lining the surface of the cervix undergo a series of changes throughout a woman's life, some of these cells might become cancerous.

In the United Kingdom we are incredibly lucky to have a cervical screening programme which saves around 5,000 lives every year. "What's causing cancer to be so much more fatal in one part of the country than in other parts demands further investigation". In a recent study, researchers analyzed samples of cervical cancer tumors from 178 women, and found that nine samples, or 5 percent, did not show evidence of HPV infection.

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