Cervical cancer may affect more women in the U.S than previously thought.
Previous studies estimated the cervical cancer rate was about 12 cases per 100,000 women, with the highest rates being between 40 and 44-year-old women.
New research from the University of Maryland found women who had hysterectomies were being counted in the study and shouldn’t have been.
Once the cervix is removed, experts say a woman cannot get cervical cancer, so they should not have been counted among the 100,000.
The actual risk is much higher, nearly 19 cases for every 100,000 women.
Those highest at risk are African American women or those between the ages of 65 and 69-years-old.