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Cervical cancer death rates higher among older and black women

Stark distinguishing in regional cancer death rates has been found in previous research, but this stands out for providing a particular estimate for deaths from almost 30 types of cancer in all 3,100 counties in the United States over 35 years.

And people in a handful of southwestern Washington counties tend to have higher death rates than the state and national averages.

"Death rates differ dramatically between different types of cancers, and certain regions saw great progress in reducing cancer deaths and others fell behind", said lead researcher Dr. Christopher Murray. Those disparities can be seen even within King County, Mokdad said. But that's masking disparities by neighborhood and area.

"These findings demonstrate that although we are making significant progress in our understanding and treatment of cancer, we still have much to do".

According to CNN, black women are dying from cervical cancer at a rate of 77 percent higher than previously estimated. There is a value for data at the county level because public health programs and policies are mainly designed and implemented at the local level.

Better screening and treatment had contributed to the improvement across the nation as a whole - but the study underscored that not all USA citizens had benefited from these advances. Famous for ski resorts, Summit County had the lowest rate of cancer-related deaths in both 1980 and 2014, with 130.6 and 70.7 deaths per 100,000 people, respectively.

Though one in five American women will have a hysterectomy in their lifetime, black women are more likely to have the procedure, and at younger ages, than white women, primarily because black women are at a higher risk for fibroids (benign tumors in the uterus that can require surgery).

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The picture was rosiest in Colorado ski country, where cancer deaths per 100,000 residents dropped by nearly half, from 130 in 1980 to just 70 in 2014; and bleakest in some eastern Kentucky counties, where they soared by up to 45 percent. By excluding women who have had hysterectomies, which typically involves the removal of the cervix and therefore reduces the risk of developing cervical cancer to zero, the researchers say these data paint a more accurate picture of who is getting cervical cancer - and can be used to better understand how to prevent it.

The new tally of close to 20 million cancer deaths over 35 years offers a more fine-grained view of cancer's toll.

It's unknown whether similar coverage will be part of the replacement system the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans say they are seeking.

The widening racial gap found in cervical cancer deaths can be partially explained by an implicit racial bias of medical professionals who limit treatment options for black patients, and the lack of access and affordability to quality healthcare, a fact that raises concerns about what effect the repeal of ObamaCare might have on this statistic.

Another part "Screening" is a huge part of effective cervical cancer diagnosis and prevention. While Union County had the overall highest mortality rate, with 503 deaths per 100,000.

Counties in southern states (and the northernmost state) had the highest rates of lung cancer mortality: Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alaska. Cancer cells can then invade nearby tissues and spread to other parts of the body.

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