Statistics tells us that each year, more than 12,000 women in the United States alone, most of whom are younger than 55, will be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer. The median age for diagnosis is 47 years, and the disease is rare for women under 30. We also know that both the rates of incidence and death vary by race and ethnicity. For instance, among all races, 7.9 out of every 100,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2007, and 2.4 of every 100,000 women died from it, according to statistics from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. However, for black and Hispanic women, this rate was considerably higher (10.2 and 11.5 per 100,000, respectively), as were the rates of death from this disease (4.3 and 4 per 100,000, respectively).
This discrepancy may be related to access to preventative health care, such as the HPV vaccine and Pap tests, which can reduce women’s risk of developing cervical anomalies and catch those anomalies before they develop into cancer.