High Risk

A woman’s risk of dying from cervical cancer is much higher than previously believed, especially for older and black women, according to a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led study. By excluding women who have had hysterectomies, which typically involve removal of the cervix, researchers concluded that black women are dying of cervical cancer at a rate 77% higher than previously thought. White women are dying at a rate 47% higher, and many of the women who are dying are over 65, the age at which current guidelines say cervical cancer screening can stop.
Study leader Anne F. Rositch of JHBSPH says the new data tell us screenings should continue as long as a woman retains her cervix.
Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Press Release

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