What are the racial predilections of cervical cancer?

Updated: Feb 12, 2019
  • Author: Cecelia H Boardman, MD; Chief Editor: Warner K Huh, MD  more...
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Racial variation in cervical cancer rates per 100,000 women in the United States, according to Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) data from 2005-2009, was as follows:

  • Hispanic - 11.8

  • African American - 9.8

  • American Indian/Alaska Native - 8.1

  • White - 8.0

  • Asian/Pacific Islander - 7.2

Except for Asian/Pacific Islanders, women of other races have higher mortality from cervical cancers than their white counterparts in the United States do. [49] Death rates from cervical cancer have been highest among African Americans; however, death rates in African-American women decreased by 2.6% per year from 2004 to 2008 while remaining stable in white women. [41]


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