Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of death for American women. The cervical cancer death rate dropped significantly with the increased use of the Pap test. (This screening procedure can find changes in the cervix before cancer develops. It can also find cervical cancer early - when it’s small and easier to cure.) But it has not changed much over the last 15 years.
The American Cancer Society’s estimates for cervical cancer in the United States for 2018 are:
About 13,240 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed.
About 4,170 women will die from cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer tends to occur in midlife and is most frequently diagnosed in women between the ages of 35 and 44. It rarely develops in women younger than 20. Many older women to not realize that the risk of developing cervical cancer is still present as they age. More than 15% of cases of cervical cancer are found in women over 65. However, these cancers rarely occur in women who have been getting regular tests for cervical cancer before they are 65.