Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have uncovered grim findings in a new study about uterine cancer: Deaths from this type of cancer are on the rise, particularly in Black women.

Uterine cancer deaths for women in all racial and ethnic groups increased 1.8 percent per year from 2010 to 2017, the study found. Deaths from non-endometrioid uterine cancer—the more aggressive type—rose 2.7 percent per year, and endometrioid cancer death rates remained stable during this same seven-year period.

"We noted profound disparities by race," said NCI's Megan Clarke, Ph.D., M.H.S., an Earl Stadtman investigator in Washington, D.C., and lead author of the study. "Black women were twice as likely to die of uterine cancer overall and of non-endometrioid subtypes compared to other racial and ethnic groups. Hispanic women had the fastest increase in mortality rates from aggressive non-endometrioid subtypes [6.7 percent], followed by Black [3.5 percent], Asian [3.4 percent]