Cervical Cancer Aware


It’s hard to imagine that in the not too distant past, cervical cancer was a leading cause of death among women in this country. But when the Pap smear — a simple and painless test to detect changes in the cells of the cervix — was implemented as a screening tool, the incidence and death rates of the disease dropped precipitously. In 2015, according to the National Cancer Institute, cervical cancer resulted in an estimated 12,900 new cases and 4,100 deaths.

The Pap smear has been called the most successful cancer screening technique in the history of medicine. That’s understandable. The test can detect cancer in the early stages when treatment is more successful. It can also identify pre-cancerous changes in the cervix, allowing timely treatment to prevent the cancer altogether.

Cervical cancer is more common in Latinas and blacks, but black women die of it at a greater rate than any other race. It is more prevalent in middle age. According to the NCI, the median age at diagnosis is 49; the median age at death is 57.

For more important information.

Cervical cancer screening general guidelines

Age 21 Begin Pap smears regardless of prior sexual history
Ages 21 to 29 Repeat Pap smears every 3 years
Ages 30 to 65 Repeat Pap smears combined with HPV testing every 5 years or continue Pap smears alone every 3 years
Age 66 and older Discontinue screening in women who have had adequate screenings and normal results
After hysterectomy Recommend against screening in women of any age who have had a hysterectomy with removal of the cervix



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ellenbest24
    Jan 16, 2016 @ 18:11:04

    The wonderful figures prove this to be most successful prevention for cancer and that is be applauded.
    Successful but not yet perfect.😞 personally I have lost two great friends, both single ladies with no children or history of any conception. One had an active sex life the other still hymen intact. Both died very soon after diagnosis, both 58 yrs.
    Sometimes bad stuff happens to good people.


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