Recent study findings have found out that there could be more people dying from cervical cancer in the United States than was previously thought. Therefore the researchers are encouraging women to go for regular cancer screenings to detect the cancer in early stages.
The study found out that black women in America are dying from cancer at a rate of 77 percent higher than was previously thought and white women are dying of the same cause at least 47 percent higher than was previously thought.
The researchers during the study found out that the previous estimate of the death rate from cervical cancer did not take into account those women who had their cervixes removed during hysterectomy procedures which removes the risk of developing cancer.
In order to reach the findings, the researchers evaluated the data on cervical cancer deaths in America from the year 2000 to 2012. The information of the cancer deaths was taken from the National Center for Health Statistics and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results databases. The data although was limited to only 12 states in the nation, the researchers noted that it provided a sample for women with cervical cancer in the nation.
Commenting on the findings of the research, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Anne Rositch said, “Prior calculations did not account for hysterectomy because the same general method is used across all cancer statistics.”
According to the National Cancer Institute, there were around 12,990 new cases of cervical cancer in the United States last year and out of these cases at least 4,120 resulted in deaths due to cervical cancer.
The findings of the study were published in the journal Cancer on Monday.