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White women have lower rate of guideline cervical cancer screening than Black women

Researchers observed a nearly twofold higher rate of missed or lack of guideline cervical cancer screening among White women compared with Black women (26.6% vs. 13.8%), according to a study of more than 29,000 diagnosed with the cancer from 2001 to 2018. The largest rate of increase in distant-stage (advanced) cervical cancer is occurring among …

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Black women have highest risk of advanced cervical cancer

The largest rate of increase in distant-stage (advanced) cervical cancer is occurring among White women and younger women, but Black women overall appear to have the highest rate of the disease, according to a study of more than 29,000 diagnosed from 2001 to 2018. The study findings provide an update on trends of distant-stage cervical …

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Black, Hispanic, Asian cervical cancer patients encounter delays in getting advanced radiation treatment

Black, Hispanic, and Asian cervical cancer patients encountered significant delays in receiving a more advanced, targeted form of radiation therapy during the years 2004 and 2017. Traditional radiation often exposes organs next to the tumor to the full dose of radiation. However, a new form of radiation called intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) matches the precise …

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Decrease in cervical cancer rate linked to increased HPV vaccination rate

Decreased cervical cancer rates in the United States, most notably among younger women, is linked to the introduction of the HPV vaccine and its increased use, according to a new study of of more than 650,000 HPV-associated cancers. Before the vaccine was approved in 2006, cervical cancer rates in women ages 20 to 24 were …

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Hispanic women diagnosed with cervical cancer one-third as likely to receive fertility-sparing treatment

Hispanic women diagnosed with cervical cancer were only one-third as likely as White women to receive treatment that helped preserve their fertility in a study of women in California. Researchers analyzed medical records of more than 44,000 women diagnosed with stage IA or stage IB cervical cancer between 2004 and 2015 to see which women …

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First generation able to get HPV vaccine now entering age when many HPV-caused cancers are first detected

The generation first to have the HPV vaccine available are now entering their late 20s and early 30s, the age when many HPV-caused cancers are first detected. While other countries have nearly eliminated cervical cancer, the U.S. is not seeing this trend due to a far lower immunization rate.  Here, vaccination remains up to individual …

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Cervical cancer screening rates not back to normal in 2021

Breast cancer screening rates from January 2021 to October 2021 did not return to pre-pandemic levels, resulting in 9,000 missed cervical cancer screenings, according to a new study. In addition to the human toll of not detecting cancer early, when cancers are found at an advanced stage they are more extensive, more likely to spread …

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Why A Treatable Cancer Disproportionately Kills Black Women

Nearly half of Georgia’s counties lack an OB-GYN and 7 rural hospitals have closed since 2010.  More than 250,000 Georgians are uninsured because they can’t find an affordable option, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Georgia is one of 12 states that haven’t expanded Medicaid, which would mean more residents with low incomes would have …

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Status of cervical cancer prevention called a “catastrophe”

A new study showing that the percent of women overdue for cervical screening has nearly doubled since 2005 is a “catastrophe,” says cancer specialist Maurie Markman, MD (above) of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. “We have the potential of coming as close to eliminating a cancer as one can come to,” he said. The …

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