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Diagnoses, Deaths From Cervical Cancer to Rise in Older Women

Diagnoses, Deaths From Cervical Cancer to Rise in Older Women
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By    |   Tuesday, 19 December 2017 11:46 AM

While cervical cancer in young women is expected to decline 75 percent by 2040 with deaths almost eradicated, older women are expected to face a sharp rise in both diagnoses and deaths from the disease.

A study led by Queen Mary University of London projected the likely incidence of cervical cancer — cancer of the neck of the womb — in England up to 2040. They included the impact of changing cervical screening coverage, and how screening for human papillomavirus (HPV) and the HPV vaccine might affect incidence of the disease.

They found that women aged 50-64 will see a 62 per cent increase in incidence which could lead to a 143 percent rise in mortality.

The majority — 99.7 percent — of cervical cancers are caused by HPV. Among younger women, born after 1991 who have benefited from the introduction of the HPV vaccine, eradication of the cancer is firmly in view.

"This study shows how the age-specific incidence of cervical cancer will change over the next 20 years," explained Dr. Alejandra Castanon. "Women currently aged between 25 and 40 will remain at high risk of cervical cancer throughout their lives, whilst women younger than 25 will see their risk decrease by around 50 percent."

"We are on the path to eradicating cervical cancer among young women which is extraordinary," said Robert Music, chief executive of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. "However, we are faced with an immediate challenge among women who will be over 50 in 2040.

"This research should serve as a wakeup call and the need for action," he continued. "Continued declining cervical screening attendance will cost lives at all ages and must not happen." Music said that faced with increased risk among an aging population, options that could reduce the risk, such as increasing screening in older women, should be explored.

 "We want to see cervical cancer become a disease of the past with no more women losing their lives to the disease," he said.

The study was published in The Lancet Public Health.

The HPV vaccine Gardasil has come under fire by some health experts because of alleged side effects, including anaphylaxis and even death. But a recent study from the University of Texas Health Science Center found that AHCC, an extract from a Japanese mushroom, completely eliminated HPV infection in women, showing that a cure using a readily available nutritional supplement is possible.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 12,500 American women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, and more than 4,000 die from the disease.  In the past 40 years, numbers of deaths have decreased significantly, mainly because of regular Pap smears which detect precancer before it turns into cancer.

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