U.S. cervical cancer rate higher than previously thought

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Monday, May 12, 2014

CBS: A study shows the rate is up 55% among all women.

In cases per 100,000 women, the rate is up 55 percent among all women. In women ages 65-69, the rate is up 85 percent, and in African-American women, the rate is up 126 percent, according to the journal Cancer.

Dr. Tara Shirazian, a gynecologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, said the study removes women who had previously been part of the estimates -- women who had hysterectomies in the United States. When a woman has a total hysterectomy, her cervix is removed. Therefore, with a few exceptions, women generally cannot get cervical cancer after this surgery is conducted.

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