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Cervical Cancer Admissions Fall by More Than a Third

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AHRQ News and Numbers

Release date: January 3, 2007

Hospitalization rates for cervical cancer cases declined 36 percent between 1994 and 2004—from 25.9 to 16.6 admissions per every 100,000 women, according to the latest News and Numbers summary issued by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The number of annual admissions fell from 34,600 to 24,800 during the period.

The study found that in 2004:

  • Cervical cancer hospitalizations were more than 40 percent higher in the South than in the West (19.0 versus 13.2 admissions per 100,000).
  • Women ages 18 to 44 accounted for half of all hospitalizations for cervical cancer, while women ages 45 to 64 accounted for 37 percent of hospitalizations.
  • A hysterectomy procedure was performed in 60 percent of all hospital stays for cervical cancer. Women in the West were nearly 40 percent more likely to have a hysterectomy than women in the Northeast.
  • Private insurers were billed for one-half of the hospital stays involving cervical cancer, Medicaid was billed for 28 percent, Medicare paid for 11 percent of the stays, and 7 percent of those hospitalized were uninsured.

This AHRQ News & Numbers summary is based on data in Hospital Stays for Cervical Cancer, 2004, HCUP Statistical Brief No. 21. The report uses statistics from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, a database of hospital inpatient stays that is nationally representative of all short-term, non-Federal hospitals. The data are drawn from hospitals that comprise 90 percent of all discharges in the United States and include all patients, regardless of insurance type, as well as the uninsured.

To speak with the author of this report, or for information from previous AHRQ News and Numbers summaries, contact Bob Isquith at or call (301) 427-1539.

Current as of January 2007


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