Cancer has remained as one of the most fatal diseases on the long list of health adversities that affect Americans every day.
However, cervical cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the dreaded disease. This fact has become a wake up call for a growing number of American women. Unfortunately, black women are more disproportionately affected by cervical cancer than women of other races in America.
A new study, which was recently published by the Wiley Online Library’s Cancer Journal has revealed that black women are dying from cervical cancer at a more prevalent rate nowadays. This newly released study was conducted by researchers who analyzed data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
Korin Miller, a women’s health correspondent for Yahoo News wrote the following in an article about this issue which was published online this past Monday (January 23rd):
“Researchers discovered that the death rate from cervical cancer dramatically jumped. For black women, the corrected mortality rate was 10.1 per 100,000 women (up from 5.7 per 100,000 women), and for white women, the corrected rate was 4.7 per 100,000 women (up from 3.2 per 100,000). ‘A correction for hysterectomy has revealed that cervical cancer mortality rates are underestimated, particularly in black women,’ researchers wrote. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 11,955 women in the U.S. were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2013 (the most recent year for which numbers are available), and 4,217 women died from the disease. Cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of cancer death for women in the U.S., [the CDC]says. However, the number of cases has significantly declined in the past 40 years due to proper screening.”(Yahoo News)
Cervical cancer is commonly caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). There is a vaccine for HPV, which helps prevent the virus, according to medical experts. Cancer in all forms can be prevented by exercising a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating the right foods, hydrating with water, and engaging in physical activity.