Louisiana has the 6th highest incidence and 7th highest death (mortality) rate of cervical cancer in the U.S. (Figure 1 & Figure 2). 

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Louisiana’s cervical cancer incidence and mortality rates are statistically significantly higher than the rest of the country: In 2011-2015:   

  • 9.0 people per 100,000 were diagnosed with cervical cancer, while the national average was 7.4 per 100,000.

  • An average of 3.0 Louisiana residents per 100,000 died each year from this disease, while the national average was 2.3 deaths per 100,000.

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Central, Northeast, Acadiana, and Southwest, Louisiana have the highest cervical cancer death rates in the state (Figure 3 & Figure 4).

Cervical cancer is an equal-opportunity killer, with Louisiana white women and black women having higher cervical cancer incidence and death rates than the rest of the country (Figure 5 & Figure 6).

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Cervical cancer is one of the more expensive cancers to treat. That means people pay higher health insurance premiums and treatment and follow-up care can be a strain financially, even with health insurance.

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These estimated and projected costs of care by age, gender and phase of care (per patient) through the year 2020. They were calculated separately for multiple cancer sites using the most recent available U.S. population projections, cancer incidence, survival, and cost of care data (Figure 7).1



More information on cancer incidence and mortality is available from the Louisiana Tumor Registry (http://sph.lsuhsc.edu/data-use). Statistics other than what this site offers can be requested using the form on the Louisiana Tumor Registry website.

1. National Cancer Institute. Cancer Prevalence and Cost of Care Projections.