Women are dying from cervical cancer at rates much higher than previously thought. That's according to new research led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
According to the study published in the journal Cancer, cervical cancer deaths statistics have left out a key group of women, those who had their cervixes removed in hysterectomy procedures.
After comparing data over the last decade, researchers found that black women are dying from cervical cancer at a rate 77 percent higher than previously thought and white women are dying at a rate 47 percent higher.
Symptoms tend not to appear until cervical cancer is advanced, which is why health experts urge screening and vaccinations against HPV, which can cause cervical cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends women start getting screenings at the age of 21.
The National Cancer Institute says there were about 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer in the U.S. last year and 4,120 deaths.
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