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Cervical cancer: why does mortality increase in women over 65?

Women over the age of 65 are more likely to be diagnosed with the disease at an advanced stage, when the prognosis is more uncertain and treatments may be less effective.

A new study by researchers at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center (California USA) shows that an alarming number of women aged 65 and older are diagnosed with advanced-stage cervical cancer and die from the disease.

El  cervical cancer, also called cancer of the cervix and cervical cancer, forms in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina, and is a highly treatable cancer if diagnosed early.

One in five new cervical cancers diagnosed between 2009 and 2018 were suffered by women aged 65 or older.

The study findings, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, showed that almost one in five new cervical cancers diagnosed between 2009 and 2018 were in women aged 65 or older.

Screening guidelines fail

"Our findings highlight the need to better understand how current screening guidelines might be failing in women 65 and older," said Julianne Cooley, MD, lead author of the study.

Of women 71 years and older diagnosed with cervical cancer, 65% had late-stage disease, compared with 48% of younger women.

As women approach age 65, scheduled screenings tend to decrease, increasing the likelihood that women will not be adequately screened, the researchers say.

In Spain, the program cervical cancer screening Carried out by public health, its target population is women between the ages of 25 and 65, leaving all those women over this age unprotected.


Through proper detection and follow-up, cervical cancer can be prevented or detected at an early stage, leading to excellent survival.

Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Irregular menstrual cycles.
  • Bleeding and more prolonged or abundant blood loss.
  • Pain during menstruation.
  • Pain during sex.
  • Sensation of pressure in the pelvis.
  • Bloated feeling in the abdomen.
  • Need to urinate frequently.


The WHO has declared cervical cancer, a preventable and eliminable pathology, as a public health priority.

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide, a curable cancer if it is detected early and treated properly.

During the annual gynecological check-up, at Women's CD we check the genital system and the breasts, with special attention to the early detection of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer, as well as other pathologies such as endometriosis, polycystic ovaries or polyps in the uterus.

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