Cervical Cancer Rates In US Were Wrongly Reported

By on May 12, 2014

Study conducted by University of Maryland has found out that US cervical cancer rates were wrongly calculated. And on correction, the cervical rates have increased than previously reported.

According to the new analysis, cervical cancer is more commonly found in 65 to 69 aged women, and also in African American women.

According to the current guidelines for screening of Cervical cancer does not include women over 65 years for Pap Smear Test.

This study was conducted by under the lead of Anne F. Rositch, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., who is an assistant professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a researcher at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.

Cervical Cancer RatesAccording to previous analysis, on an average 12 cases of cervical cancers were reported among 10000 American women, and most commonly found in women with age 40 to 44.

In the earlier analysis, women who had hysterectomy were also included. Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure, in which cervix (lower part of uterus) is removed. With this surgery, the chance of developing cervical cancer is zero.

So, in this new study, this group of women who had hysterectomy was excluded. By excluding these women, the cervical rates have increased.

The latest cervical cancer rate has increased to 18.5 cases for 10,000 women. And the risk of developing cervical cancer increases with increasing age, and is most commonly found in women with age 65 to 69years.

27.4 cases of cervical cancer were found among 10,000 65 to 69 years old, which were 14.8 cases earlier. This comes up to 84% increase in the rates. And among 65 to 69 years aged white women, the rate is 24.7 cases per 10000 women, which were 13.5 cases according to earlier findings.


In 65 to 69 years African American women, it is 53 cases per 10,000, which were 23.5 cases according to earlier analysis. Actually, African American women of all ages showed higher rates of occurrence of cervical cancer when compared to corresponding aged white women.

According to the study, this increased rates after excluding women who has hysterectomy, even though cervical cancer war prevented largely with early detection, this cancer still remains the important health cancer issue. Researchers also said that there is need for widespread vaccination for Human papillomavirus (HPV), which is main cause of all types of cervical cancer.

Patti E. Gravitt, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, is the senior author, who said that with these change in cervical cancer rates, there is need to reevaluate the current screening guidelines.

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