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Cervical cancer incidence rate

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Story Behind the Curve

Cervical cancer forms in tissues of the cervix (the organ that connects the uterus and vagina) and is slow-growing. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 out of 147 women in the US will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Early cervical cancer can be cured by removing or destroying the pre-cancerous or cancerous tissue. Thus, early detection is very important and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highly recommends screenings with regular pap tests. Cervical cancer is almost always caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is transmitted through sexual contact. 

This indicator shows the age adjusted incidence rate for cervical cancer cases in 100,000 females. 

Partners

Utah Department of Health, Logan Regional Hospital, Cache Valley Hospital, Bear River Valley Hospital, Brigham Hospital, Midtown Clinic, Weight Watchers. 

What Works

The FDA has approved vaccines against HPV, which prevent infection by HPV and thus prevent cervical cancer. These vaccines prevent infection by HPV 16 and 18 which cause 70% of cervical cancer but do not prevent all HPVs so routine pap tests are still necessary.

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