Wider Racial Gap Found in Cervical Cancer Deaths

According to a study published in Cancer, the death rate from cervical cancer in the United States is considerably higher than previously estimated. Further, the disparity in death rates between black women and white women is significantly wider. The study suggests that black American women are dying from cervical cancer at a rate comparable to that of women in many poor developing nations. Increasing utilization of cervical cancer screening can improve outcomes and proper administration of the HPV vaccine can prevent most cases. To learn about HPV related cancers in Wisconsin, including cervical cancer, read our “Protecting Wisconsin Youth from HPV-related Cancers” infographic and refer to Priority 4 of the WI CCC Plan. The full article featured in the New York Times can be found here. To read the academic release in Cancer, click here.

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