Cervical cancer was one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women; but, over the last 30 years, the cervical cancer death rate has decreased by more than 50% – due mainly to 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 most curable.
• Cervical cancer screening is recommended for all women between 21 and 64.
• All screening services are free for uninsured women and those who qualify.
• If you have current cervical issues or prior diagnosis of cancer, please call 800.405.7739 to speak to a nurse navigator.
Funding is provided by grants from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) and Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
• In 2019, about 13,170 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed, and about 4,250 women will die from the disease.
• It tends to occur in midlife: most cases are found in women younger than 50, and it rarely develops in women younger than 20.
• Many older women don’t realize that the risk of developing cervical cancer is still present as they age. More than 15% of cases are found in women over 65. However, these cancers rarely occur in women who have been getting regular tests to screen for cervical cancer before they were 65.
• In the United States, Hispanic women are most likely to get cervical cancer, followed by African Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders, and whites.
(Source: American Cancer Society)