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Study finds cervical cancer fatalities are higher for black women

A study published in the journal Cancer found that cervical cancer mortality rates are substantially higher for African American women than they are for white women. Cervical cancer is a deadly and virulent strain of cancer that kills an estimated 4,000 women a year in the United States. It is dangerous because it is so difficult to detect. By the time it is discovered, it is often spread so far that it 's hard to bring back under control.

As such, it is critical that doctors identify cervical cancer early, to prevent the spread of the disease. The study reanalyzed data collected already reviewed by researchers. The new study applied a new set of controls and came up with a significantly higher mortality rate, 10.1 per 100,000 for black women. Conversely, white women suffer from a 4.7 rate. The previous study pegged those figures at 5.7 and 4.2.

The study did not examine the cause of the disparity; it only identified that it exists. The gap is likely due to a combination of factors including access to medical care, screening facilities, inadequate insurance, and lack of access to early warning tests.

As you can see, failure to diagnose cancer is severe. It most likely results in significantly more invasive medical procedures and could even cause a permanent change in your well-being. If you believed that your doctor failed to diagnose cancer, then you may want to call a lawyer to review options. If the physician’s failure was due to negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. That settlement will be necessary when you need to pay your medical bills due to the doctor’s mistake.

Source: The New York Times, “Wide Racial Gap Found in Cervical Cancer Deaths,” Jan Hoffman, January 23, 2017

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