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Higher risks of cervical cancer deaths

Jan 24, 2017 | Failure to Diagnose

Data from the National Cancer Institute shows that there were almost 12,990 new cases of cervical cancer and 4,120 cervical cancer deaths in the United States in 2016. New York women should know that according to a study published in a peer-reviewed medical journal in January 2017, the assertion that there was a low risk of dying from cervical cancer may have been wrong. They thus should continue to receive their recommended cancer screenings.

The study reports that black women and white women are dying as a result of cervical cancer at rates that are 77 and 47 percent higher, respectively, than what had been previously estimated. The study determined that the previous estimates did not factor in women who had eliminated the risk of developing the cancer when they had their cervixes removed during hysterectomy procedures. This is because the general method for making calculations, which is to assess the impact of cancer within a population without factoring in characteristics besides gender, is used for determining all cancer statistics.

Data examined for the study included information on cervical cancer deaths in the United States from 2000 to 2012. The information was obtained from databases at the National Cancer Institute and the National Center for Health Statistics.The researchers also obtained 2000 to 2012 data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System on women who were 20 years of age and older and who had reported having a hysterectomy. After adjusting the data to account for hysterectomies, the cervical cancer rates were 10.1 per 100,000 black women and 4.7 per 100,000 white women, increases from the rates determined without factoring in hysterectomies.

Cancer patients can be harmed by a delayed diagnosis of their disease. If it can be established that the failure to make a timely diagnosis was caused by improperly reading test results, for example, this could in some cases be deemed medical malpractice. People who have been negatively affected in such a manner may want to meet with a medical malpractice attorney to discuss their situations.