Aug 19, 2022 - Health

Advanced cervical cancer rate jumps in U.S.

Close up of cancer cells in the cervix.
Close up of cancer cells in the cervix. Photo: American Cancer Society/Getty Images

The incidence of advanced cervical cancer in the U.S. has jumped fastest among younger women and white women, according to a study published in the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer.

Why it matters: While still considered rare, advanced or stage IV cervical cancer has an approximate five-year survival rate of less than 20%, with limited treatment options.

By the numbers: In the analysis of nearly 30,000 women with advanced cervical cancer, researchers found Black women have a higher incidence, 1.55 per 100,000, of advanced disease compared with white women (.92/100,000).

  • White women in the south ages 40–44 have the steepest rise in advanced cervical cancer at about 4.5% annually.

Between the lines: Increasing rates of obesity and older age at first birth could be contributing to the rise in this type of cervical cancer, researchers said.

  • White women have a nearly two-fold higher rate of missed or lack of guideline screening and have lower HPV vaccination uptake, they said.
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