Cervical Cancer Rates Underestimated

By CNN

Published 05/13 2014 06:31AM

Updated 05/13 2014 06:33AM

Cervical cancer may affect more women in the US than previously thought.

Especially those who are African-American or between the ages of 65-69.

Previous studies estimated the cervical cancer rate was about 12 cases per 100,000 women, with the highest rates being between ages 40 and 44.

But new research from the University of Maryland found women who had hysterectomies were being counted and shouldn't have been.

Once the cervix is removed, a woman cannot get cervical cancer.

So the actual risk is much higher, nearly 19 cases per 100,000 women.

The new findings are published in the journal, Cancer.

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