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HPV-Associated Cervical Cancer Rates by Race and Ethnicity

It is estimated that about 11,900 new cases of HPV-associated cervical cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year.* More black and Hispanic women get HPV-associated cervical cancer than women of other races or ethnicities, possibly because of decreased access to Pap testing or follow-up treatment.

*Note: This study used cancer registry data to estimate the amount of HPV-associated cancer in the United States by examining cancer in parts of the body and cancer cell types that are more likely to be caused by HPV. Cancer registries do not collect data on the presence or absence of HPV in cancer tissue at the time of diagnosis. In general, HPV is thought to be responsible for about 91% of HPV-associated cervical cancers.

HPV-Associated Cervical Cancer Rates by Race and Ethnicity, per Year, United States, 2011–2015

Bar chart showing the rates for cervical cancer in the United States per year during 2011 to 2015 by race and ethnicity.

The graph above shows age-adjusted incidence rates for HPV-associated cervical cancer in the United States during 2011–2015. The rates shown are the number of women who were diagnosed with HPV-associated cervical cancer for every 100,000 women.

About 8 black women, 7 white women, 6 American Indian/Alaska Native women, and 6 Asian/Pacific Islander women were diagnosed with HPV-associated cervical cancer per 100,000 women. About 9 Hispanic women were diagnosed with HPV-associated cervical cancer per 100,000 women, compared to 7 non-Hispanic women.

Data are from population-based cancer registries participating in CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) and/or the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program for 2011 to 2015, covering 100% of the U.S. population.

References

Data source: National Program of Cancer Registries SEER*Stat Database: U.S. Cancer Statistics Incidence Analytic file 1998–2015. United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Released June 2018, based on the November 2017 submission.

Viens LJ, Henley SJ, Watson M, Markowitz LE, Thomas CC, Thompson TD, Razzaghi H, Saraiya M, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Human papillomavirus–associated cancers—United States, 2008–2012. MMWR 2016;65(26):661–666.

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