'No obvious reason' for spike in deadly cervical cancer

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Late-stage cervical cancer rates are rising in the U.S., with the steepest rises in white women. 

Although Black women still have the highest frequency. 

An analysis of over 30,000 women with advanced disease found Black women had a 60% higher prevalence rate than white women. 

Advanced adenocarcinoma, the kind with the lowest survival rate. 

Has increased nearly twice as fast in white women as in Black women. 

According to a paper in the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer. 

“Paradoxically, early stage cancer has dropped, while stage IV metastatic cervical cancer has increased.” 

Said the study's first author, Dr. Alex Francoeur, a fourth-year OB-GYN resident at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

"Unfortunately, there's no quick fix." The rate of late-stage cervical cancer rose 4.5% each year among white women in their 40s & 40s from the South. 

A group too elderly to be vaccinated against HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer. 

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