Survival rates continue to climb thanks to better prevention and screening.
Each year, 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer. More than 4,200 women die from the disease, caused primarily by the human papillomavirus, or HPV (also linked to several other cancers in men and women).
“The good news is that cervical cancer is highly preventable, thanks to screening tests and the HPV vaccine,” said Maricela Rodriguez-Gutierrez, MD, an ob-gyn at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. “And when it’s caught early, survival rates are high.”