December 4, 2002
The CDC study analyzed 14,759 new invasive cervical cancer cases between 1992 and 1999. The disease was found at a rate of 16.9 per 100,000 Hispanic women 30 and older, compared with 8.9 per 100,000 non-Hispanic women. Forty percent of the patients were diagnosed with advanced cases of the disease; among women 50 or older, the rate rose to 52 percent.
The CDC noted the high rates came in the face of a 50 percent drop in cervical cancer cases among all American women in the last three decades. Better cervical cancer education, screening and treatment led to that decline, Kassim said.
"What's critical for people to realize is for many cervical cancers, it takes years for an early cancer to become established as an invasive or potentially fatal case," said Dr. William Golden, a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences professor, who was not involved in the study.
11.28.02; Daniel Yee
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