A Pap (Papanicolaou) test is a screening procedure that can find changes in the cervix before cancer develops.
A new study released this week by the journal Cancer, reports the rate of women dying from cervical cancer has been underestimated, especially the rates for African-American and Caucasian women. 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.
"As the USA enters a new debate about access to health care, these findings on the wide differences in cancer mortality should inform the discussion", said researcher Laura Dwyer-Lindgren, a co-author of the study, in a press statement.
The survival rate for those diagnosed with testicular cancer is 95 percent, leading Mokdad to say, "No one should die from it". Some 3,069 counties - out of a total of 3,142 - saw significant increases in liver cancer death rates, and numerous counties on the West Coast and in New Mexico and west Texas had much larger increases.
Cervical cancer is a cancer arising from the cervix, it occurs when abnormal cells on the cervix grow out of control.
As part of Cervical Cancer Prevention week this week, the trust has relaunched it's award-winning #SmearForSmear campaign to raise awareness and promote the importance of attending smear-tests. Studies indicate that vaccination in males will be effective against cancers related to HPV in males, as it is in females.
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Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that white women in the United States are dying at a rate 47% higher than previously thought, and black women in the United States are dying at a rate 77% higher.
A new analysis reveals that women's risk of dying from cervical cancer is much higher than medical professionals originally thought, particularly among older and black women.
When women with hysterectomies are eliminated from the data, the cervical cancer mortality rate almost doubled for black women, skyrocketing from 5.7 per 100,000 to 10.1. HPV is a common sexually transmitted disease, and most people will clear the infection without any problems. And with recommended screening and monitoring, the development of cancer can easily be avoided. As oncologists, we continually strive to personalize care for the individual patient, but this study reinforces the importance of tailoring our cancer prevention and treatment efforts to geographic areas as well. Then, starting from the age of 30, they should have a pap test combined with a HPV test every five years to take all precautions.
Cancer, the No 2 cause of death in the U.S., has always been tracked by health officials, but existing databases had largely measured such statistics on state or national levels.
"Death rates differ dramatically between different types of cancers, and certain regions saw great progress in reducing cancer deaths and others fell behind", said lead researcher Dr. Christopher Murray.