Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Cervical cancer deaths haunt Mitch McConnell's Kentucky

While Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell fights Obamacare, environmental regulations and the EPA, his home state of Kentucky ranks 7th out of the 50 states for cervical cancer rates. At a rate of 9 cases out of every 100,000 women. (Source: U.S. Center for Disease Control)

On top of that shocking statistic, the DEATH RATE for Kentucky's women from cancer of the cervix is the 3rd highest in the nation after Mississippi and West Virginia, and tied with Arkansas and Louisiana. (Source: National Cancer Institute)

According to the Kaiser Family foundation, "Nearly all cervical cancer is caused by 10 to 15 high-risk types of a common sexually transmitted virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV)."
Perhaps Mitch McConnell and the rest of Kentucky's political leadership could learn something from Rick Perry's Texas when it comes to fighting cervical cancer.

In light of the recent Republican debate over public HPV vaccination programs, it is interesting that Rick Perry's Texas which has a much higher rate of cervical cancer cases (9.7 out of 100,000 or No.2 out of the 50 states) has obviously made some progress in fighting this life threatening disease.

Read more about health epidemics particularly cancer in Mitch McConnell's Kentucky
Kentucky leads nation in cancer deaths
Stroke deaths plague Kentucky
Could being the 7th biggest polluter be a source of Kentucky's cancer epidemic?
Mitch McConnell's Kentucky, sick and getting sicker
Jim Demint's South Carolina, average cervical cancer case rate but top tier in death rates from the disease

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