Cervical Cancer Epidemiology in Illinois

Between 1992 and 2006 in Illinois, cervical cancer was the sixth most common cancer among blacks and Hispanics and the 10th most common among in Asians, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Still, a steady decline in cervical cancer incidence was seen among blacks, Hispanics and Asians during this time period.

Despite this decline, Illinois still had the sixth highest rate of cervical cancer among black women in the United States in 2007, according to the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. Among all races of women, there were 556 cervical cancer cases in Illinois in 2007.

Cervical cancer incidence and mortality have been in decline due to widespread Pap testing in the United States; now, about 80 percent of cervical cancers worldwide occur in developing countries. The cervical cancer vaccine and human papillovirus (HPV) test are expected to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer even further in the coming years.

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