Pennsylvania’s Northeast Regional Cancer Institute recently released its annual “Cancer in Northeastern Pennsylvania: Incidence and Mortality for Common Cancers” surveillance report, according to The Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal.

The report aims to aggregate cancer-related incidence and mortality rates for the region and compare them with the national average.

This release of data boasts the good news that “in recent decades, deaths from cervical cancer in the U.S. have decreased substantially, in large part due to the Pap test. Screening with the Pap test can detect cervical cancer at an early stage before symptoms develop when it is much easier to treat and cure. Females should have the Pap test at least once every three years, beginning no later than age 21.”

Read more about the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s report here.