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White women have lower rate of guideline cervical cancer screening than Black women

Researchers observed a nearly twofold higher rate of missed or lack of guideline cervical cancer screening among White women compared with Black women (26.6% vs. 13.8%), according to a study of more than 29,000 diagnosed with the cancer from 2001 to 2018. The largest rate of increase in distant-stage (advanced) cervical cancer is occurring among …

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Cervical cancer screening rates not back to normal in 2021

Breast cancer screening rates from January 2021 to October 2021 did not return to pre-pandemic levels, resulting in 9,000 missed cervical cancer screenings, according to a new study. In addition to the human toll of not detecting cancer early, when cancers are found at an advanced stage they are more extensive, more likely to spread …

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Why Black women need to be screened for cervical cancer

While all women can develop cervical cancer, Black women are more likely to be diagnosed and die of cervical cancer, compared to white women in the U.S., says Olivia Cardenas-Trowers, MD, a Mayo Clinic urogynecologist (above). This disparity is not due to genetic differences among white, Black or Hispanic women, but rather related to systemic …

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Asian and Hispanic women less likely to be screened for cervical cancer

Asian and Hispanic women were much less likely than White and Black women to be currently following cervical cancer screening recommendations, according to a nationally representative survey of more than 20,000 women. About 30 percent of Asian and Hispanic women ages 21 to 65 were not up-to-date with their screening, compared with about 22 percent …

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Asian young women less likely to be screened for cervical cancer

A substantial proportion of women who were not vaccinated for human papillomavirus (HPV) never received cervical cancer screening or were not up to date on screening recommendations in 2019, according to a study of 2019 data by Kalyani Sonawane (above) and her colleagues. Asian women aged 21 to 39 were significantly less likely than White …

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Somali women in US less likely to undergo cervical cancer screening than other women

Somali women living in the U.S. have lower cervical cancer screening rates than the U.S. general female population. This disparity is due to a range of factors, including limited awareness of HPV and cervical cancer, cultural and religious beliefs, mistrust of healthcare providers, and concerns around modesty. See “NCI Clinical Trial Awarded to Reduce Cervical …

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Women seeking help with food, shelter and unexpected expenses are often overdue for cervical cancer screening

More than half of cervical cancer cases in the United States occur in women who have not had timely Pap smears and/or HPV tests. Women with low incomes sometimes skip Pap smears and other cancer prevention screenings because they are focused on more pressing needs such as housing, food and other necessary expenses. So, researchers …

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Will new cervical cancer screening guidelines widen the racial disparity gap even further?

New screening guidelines released by the American Cancer Society fail to preserve access to the most accurate and effective cervical cancer screening options and threatens to put lives at risk, according to the Black Women’s Health Imperative. The new guidelines from the ACS recommend against continued routine use of the Pap test, instead suggesting that …

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American Cancer Society recommends new screening guidelines for cervical cancer

Pap testing, the standard for cervical cancer prevention for decades, will become obsolete under a new guideline from the American Cancer Society (ACS), replaced by testing for human papillomaviruses (HPV), the cause of cervical cancer. This shift follows declining cervical cancer risk in young women resulting from HPV vaccination over the past 15 years. The …

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Cervical cancer screening rates too low among Asian American women

Cervical cancer screening rates are suboptimal among Asian American women, despite considerable efforts to improve Pap test screening, said Carolyn Y. Fang of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Temple University’s Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. These patients have barriers to cancer screening use, which may be affected by multiple factors, including …

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