Tag: Cervical Cancer

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Minorities most affected by virus that causes cervical, other cancers

Each year in the U.S., approximately 12,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. More than 4,000 women will die from it. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is responsible for almost all cervical cancers. The virus can also cause cancer of the anus, penis, vagina and throat. Overall, 20 million people in the U.S. have HPV. HPV vaccination may be particularly important for African American and Latino women, as they are hit the hardest. Two Black women die for each White woman who dies from cervical cancer.