Fast Facts from the WHA Information Center: January is Cervical Cancer Screening Month

January 06, 2017

The American Cancer Society estimated that in 2016 about 12,900 new cases of invasive cervical cancer would be diagnosed and about 4,120 women would die from the disease. The WHA Information Center reported between July 2015 and June 2016 there were 121 inpatient visits, 811 outpatient surgical procedures, and 2,697 hospital outpatient clinic visits in Wisconsin related to treatment for cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. But, over the last 40 years, the cervical cancer death rate has gone down by more than 50 percent. The main reason for this change was the increased use of the Pap test. This screening procedure can find changes in the cervix before cancer develops.

Data provided by the WHA Information Center (WHAIC). WHAIC ( is dedicated to collecting, analyzing and disseminating complete, accurate and timely data and reports about charges, utilization, quality and efficiency provided by Wisconsin hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and other health care providers.

This story originally appeared in the January 06, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter