Cervical Cancer is Deadlier Than We Thought

According to the Webmd, Dr. Ahmedin Jemal, vice president of surveillance and health services research at the American Cancer Society, said the their studies have found that people in areas where cancer deaths are higher than average suffer from a variety of problems that make these deaths more likely.

The mortality rate due to cancer was on the decline nationwide, but certain regions and pockets throughout the country had shown worsening mortality rates from the deadly malignancy, according to the first-ever county-by-county analysis of cancer deaths across the US.

SANFORD — The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County (DOH-Seminole) recognizes January as Cervical Health Awareness Month, a time to educate, encourage and empower women to visit their health care provider for information and screening for cervical cancer. So, they went over the numbers, factoring out those who had a hysterectomy - and found cervical cancer rates were 77 percent higher in African-American women and 47 percent higher among white women. Cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of cancer death for women in the US the organization says.

Those same two counties also ranked highest and lowest for 2014 deaths specifically from lung cancer-the cancer that kills more Americans than any other. Researchers reported the mortality rate for black women was 10.1 per 100,000, whereas for white women it is 4.7 per 100,000.

Andrews falls within the age group at greatest risk for cervical cancer diagnoses; about half of women diagnosed with cervical cancer are ages 35 to 55, according to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC).

The new research examined more than 19.5 million deaths in the US, from 29 different types of cancer, over three and a half decades.

The study also revealed that only 11 percent of vaccine-induced men have received HPV, while a 6 percent of the sampled male population said they eligibly completed the multi-step HPV vaccine series. In 2014, the lowest mortality rate continued to be in Summit County, with 70.7 deaths per 100,000 people. However prevention of HPV by vaccination is major restraining factor in the growth of cervical cancer diagnostics market. And with recommended screening and monitoring, the development of cancer can easily be avoided. We know what causes it: The human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States.

"Therefore, cervical cancer is still a disease in need of effective therapies, and this latest TCGA analysis could help advance efforts to find drugs that target important elements of cervical cancer genomes in addition to the HPV genes".

Where cancer deaths have declined, they cited the power of better treatment and, in several cancers, of earlier detection.

However, large differences were seen in the mortality rate among counties, researchers said.

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