According to a new study published on Monday, January 23rd in the journal Cancer, African-American women have been found to die of cervical cancer at a 77 percent higher rate than scientists anticipated in the past. At the same time, researchers discovered that not only black women are affected by this worrying trend, but white women are also dying at a 47 percent increased rate, as well.
However, scientists are confident that the issue can easily be resolved thanks to the recent advancement in medicine that allowed health experts to monitor the disease and contain it with the help of regular screenings and the development of the human papilloma vaccine, that had been previously linked to the onset of cervical cancer.
The team of researchers that conducted the new study claim that future investigations into the matter did not account for women who have been subjected to a hysterectomy which translates to the removal of the cervix. By undergoing a hysterectomy, the data has been subsequently altered, since the procedure eliminates the risk of developing cervical cancer.
Upon reviewing data gathered from past studies, the researchers concluded that almost 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer have been recorded in 2016 alone in the United States. Also, approximately 4,000 deaths have been linked to the disease, shows data pulled from the National Cancer Institute.
For the duration of the study, from 2000 to 2012, the researchers reviewed data collected in the past by the National Cancer Institute and National Center for Health Statistics. Even though the amount of data was restricted to only 12 states, the researchers claim it still provided a nationally representative sample of subjects. In order to account for the shortcomings of the past studies, the scientists also analyzed the number of women that underwent a hysterectomy at some point during the study. This information was pulled from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System’s database.
Upon comparing the number of women who suffered from cervical cancer against those who underwent the cervix removal procedure, the researchers revealed that nowadays almost 10.1 out of 100,000 African-American women succumb to the disease, rather than 5.7 out of 100,000 as previous studies stated. At the same time, 4.7 out of 100,000 white women are dying from cervical cancer rather than 3.2 out of 100,000 as scientists discovered in the past.
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