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When mortality patterns for cancer of the uterine cervix were compared with trends in incidence of sexually transmitted diseases in both England and Wales and in Scotland, there were striking associations between the temporal, social class, occupational, and geographic distributions of these diseases. The data suggest that exposure to sexually transmitted infection is an important determinant of cervical cancer. Although they are still young, women born after 1940 are already experiencing increased cervical-cancer mortality. If cervical-cancer prevention and therapy remain unchanged, this generation's high risk of death from cervical cancer will probably continue to operate throughout their lives.

Original publication




Journal article


Cancer Epidemiol

Publication Date





1148 - 1151


Adult, England, Female, History, 20th Century, History, 21st Century, Humans, Incidence, Risk, Scotland, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Social Class, Uterine Cervical Neoplasms, Wales, Young Adult