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250,000 Survivors​ and counting. 

Everyone has a right to know their risk.

BTRT is here to de-mystify the causes of abnormal pap smears, educate the public about their risk for certain types of gynecological cancers and empower every human being to ask better questions of their medical providers.

 

Cervical Cancer has claimed too many lives.

Currently, the lifetime risk of developing cervical cancer among U.S. women is approximately 1 in 147. Cervical cancer was once a leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States. Between 1955 and 1992, however, both incidence and mortality rates declined dramatically due to the introduction and implementation of Pap test screening. Most invasive cervical cancers are found in women who have never been screened or have not had a Pap test within the past 5 years. 

 

There are two major types of cervical cancer: squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma.

  • Squamous cell carcinoma arises in the squamous (flattened) epithelial cells that line the cervix. About 69% of all cervical cancers are of this type.

  • Adenocarcinoma develops from mucus-producing gland cells in the endocervix. It accounts for about 25% of all cervical cancers.

  • Other rarer types comprise the remaining 6%.

 

Key Statistics:

  • In 2012, an estimated 12,170 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed in U.S. women.  

  • In 2012, an estimated 4,220 U.S. women will die from the disease.

  • Most women with cervical cancer are diagnosed before the age of 50; the median age is 48. However, older women remain at risk. More than 20% of new cases are diagnosed in women over 65. Cervical cancer in women younger than 20 is rare.

  • 12,357 women in the United States were diagnosed with cervical cancer.

  • 3,909 women in the United States died from cervical cancer.

  • In the U.S., Hispanic women have the highest rate of cervical cancer, followed by African American, Caucasian, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian American/Pacific Islander women. Mortality rates are highest for African American women.  

  • Between 1955 and 1992, the rate of cervical cancer deaths in the U.S. declined by nearly 70%. It continued declining more gradually to 2003. It has since stabilized. The overall decline is mainly attributed to the increased use of the Pap test.

  • When detected at its earliest stage, cervical cancer has a 5-year relative survival rate of approximately 91%. For regional disease, it is nearly 57%. If the cancer has spread to distant organs, 5-year survival drops to approximately 16%. In general, the prognosis is affected by the extent of disease at the time of diagnosis.

  • As of January 2009, there were approximately 250,000 cervical cancer survivors living in the U.S.

 

Sources: 

http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/statistics/

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cervicalcancer/detailedguide/cervical-cancer-key-statistics

http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/cervix.html