Prevention and Early Diagnosis Articles
Do Lesbians Need Cervical Cancer Screening? What You Need to Know – Meg Seymour, PhD Regular cervical cancer screening is an important way to prevent cervical cancer or detect it while it is still in the early stages and can be treated more easily. Lesbians are less likely to get screened for cervical cancer than heterosexual and bisexual women, because many face barriers to accessing healthcare. For … Continue reading Do Lesbians Need Cervical Cancer Screening? What You Need to Know
Cervical Cancer Screening Options: What Is Best For You? – Jared Hirschfield & Varuna Srinivasan, MBBS, MPH, National Center for Health Research Cervical cancer is cancer in the cells lining the cervix, the narrow passage between the uterus and vagina. This cancer is usually diagnosed in women between the ages of 35 and 44.1 Each year in the United States, approximately 13,000 women are diagnosed with … Continue reading Cervical Cancer Screening Options: What Is Best For You?
NCHR Comment on the USPSTF’s Draft Recommendations for Cervical Cancer Screening – Based on our detailed analysis of currently available data, the Center strongly supports the existing USPSTF guidelines on cervical cancer screening which recommend Pap smears every 3 years starting at age 21, with the option of replacing that regimen starting at age 30 with a combination of a Pap smear and HPV test.
No more Pap smears? – The committee proposes replacing Pap smears with an equally invasive but less conclusive test, the HPV test, when women reach the age of 25.
Physician Groups Make Recommendations to Reduce Healthcare Costs – Does an 18-year-old female need a pap smear? Should a patient with a mild sinus infection be given antibiotics? You might be surprised that the answer to both questions is NO according to leading physicians.
Cervical Cancer Screening: The Key to Prevention – Cancer of the cervix (cervical cancer) is the second most common form of cancer among women after breast cancer. Almost all cervical cancer is caused by infection with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV can cause the cells of the cervix to grow abnormally, and abnormal cells can sometimes become pre-cancerous.
Lowering the Cost of Cancer Treatment – In 2006, cancer care accounted for an estimated $104.1 billion in medical care spending in the United States and that number will continue to increase in the upcoming years. The National Cancer Institute found that if incidence (which means the number of new cases), survival, and treatment costs stay the same, cancer costs in 2020 will show a 27% increase from 2010 solely based on the growing and aging population in the U.S. This article helps to explain some of the reasons why cancer treatment costs are so high and what can be done to help minimize these costs.
A Closer Look at HPV and the HPV Vaccine – Learn more about the effectiveness of the HPV vaccine Gardasil.
HPV: Q & A – Frequently asked questions about the HPV vaccine for girls and boys.