Cervical Cancer Needs to Be Talked About and Here's Why

According to a new study, cervical cancer is taking the lives of an alarmingly large number of American women each year. Even more, statistics pulled from the "Cancer" journal show that between 2000 and 2012, there was a 10.1 percent mortality rate for black women per 100,000 diagnosed patients.

Other studies estimated the rate at nearly half that, Fortune reports.

White woman's mortality rates were 4.7 percent per 100,000.

New findings show that a low number of women are not getting the HPV vaccine which protects from the virus and cervical cancer, as well as the recommended checkups and screenings.

Preventative measures need to be reconsidered and revisited considering the revealed statistics putting a large majority of women at risk for death. Considering the impending changes to U.S. health policy and care with the new administration, there becomes question and concern of what will happen to women's health care.

"We have screenings that are great, but many women in America are not getting them. And now I have even more concerns going forward, with the [likely] repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which covers screening, and the closing of family planning clinics, which do much of that screening," said Dr. Kathleen Schmeler, associate professor of gynecologic oncology at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, told The New York Times.

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