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Factors that increase cervical cancer-related deaths

According to the National Cancer Institute, cervical cancer took the lives of 4,120 women throughout the United States during 2016. Also in that year, there were nearly 13,000 new cases of this disease, which North Carolina women should know is largely preventable.

A study performed by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revealed that there are more women dying from cervical cancer than what experts previously estimated, especially among black and older women. Previous calculations failed to include women who had their cervixes removed during a hysterectomy because of the method that cancer statistics are gathered.

The study was based on data bases from 2000 to 2012. It concluded that while American white women are dying from the disease at a rate of 47 percent higher than previous studies had found, black women are dying at a rate of 77 percent higher. An assistant professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins said that women should not be contracting cervical cancer or dying from it, since it is a preventable disease. The professor further noted that regular screening and treatment for women who have the disease is available to help reduce the number of women who die from it.

Cervical cancer can be deadly if left undetected. When a doctor fails to diagnose the disease in a timely manner, the patient's condition could rapidly worsen, requiring aggressive and expensive treatment regimens which in themselves can also be harmful. Patients who have been affected in this manner may want to meet with an attorney in order to determine if there are sufficient grounds for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the health care practitioner.

Source: FOX News, "Cervical cancer death rates are higher than previously thought", Jan. 23, 2017

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