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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 White women and younger women. This has a poor 5-year survival rate and typically no cure, said researcher Alex Andrea Francoeur, MD, of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Also, White adolescents aged 13 to 17 years had the lowest HPV vaccination rate compared with all others (66.1% vs. 75.3%). Conversely, researchers observed the steepest annual increase in vaccination rates (7%) among Black teens.