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Cancer Statistics 2012

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The number of estimated cases of cervical cancer in the U.S. is holding fairly steady but data from the American Cancer Society in their journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians indicates sharp racial disparities exist in both number of new cases and survival rates.

ACS estimates there are 12,710 new cases of cervical cancer in the U.S. each year, resulting in approximately 4,300 deaths. In their report, Cancer Statistics, 2012, the Society indicates the disease most often strikes women between the ages of 40-49 years; 1 woman in 373 in this age group develops cervical cancer. Overall, about 1 woman out of every 147 will expect to develop cervical cancer at some point in their lives.

One of the vexing issues is the disproportionate impact of the disease within communities of color. While the rate of the disease among white women is 7.7 per 100,000, the rate among African-Americans and Hispanics per 100,000 is 10.6 and 12.2, respectively. Native American women also have elevated rates at 9.8 per 100,000. Among Asian women the rate is 7.4.

The numbers are also troubling when looking at death rates, with African-American women twice as likely to die from a cervical cancer diagnosis as white women. Mortality among Hispanic and Native American women is also higher compared to white women. Public health experts believe the discrepancies are largely due to social factors that include a lack of access to health care.

Rebecca Siegel, Deepa Naishadham, Ahmedin Jemal. Cancer Statistics, 2012.CA CANCER J CLIN 2012;62:10–29. Available online.