Friday, May 20, 2005

Why Women Don't Get Pap Tests

The CDC issued a press release on May 10 to release their finding that of women who hadn't had a Pap test even though they had seen a doctor in the past year, 87% said it was because their doctor hadn't recommended one. Pap tests screen for cervical cancer, which is preventable/curable.
The press release states, "This year there will be an estimated 10,370 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed and about 3,710 women will die of the disease. Many of these deaths could be prevented if women received Pap tests regularly."

So ladies, ask about a Pap test, even if your physician doesn't bring it up.
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