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  1. Pap Tests Often Given When Not Needed

    Dec. 3, 2012 -- Against clinical guidelines, many women are still getting Pap smears (a test that’s meant to find cancer of the cervix) even after they've had a total hysterectomy, which removes the uterus and cervix, according to a new government report. The cervix is the “neck-like” lower part of

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  2. Cervical Cancer: Uninsured Are Diagnosed Later

    July 19, 2012 -- Women without health insurance are far more likely to receive a diagnosis of advanced cervical cancer, a new study from the American Cancer Society shows. Lack of health insurance was second only to age as the strongest predictor of advanced-stage disease. Once a leading cancer kill

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  3. New Cervical Cancer Guidelines: Less Screening

    March 14, 2012 -- Combining a Pap test with a human papillomavirus (HPV) test can safely extend the interval between cervical cancer screenings from three years to five years in many women between the ages of 30-65, according to new recommendations. If women opt for the Pap test alone, the new guide

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  4. HPV Test Beats Pap Test for Cervical Cancer Screening

    Dec. 15, 2011 -- A test that looks for the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer may be the best way to screen women over age 30 for the disease, a new study shows. The study followed 45,000 women ages 29 to 56 in the Netherlands who were split into two groups. The first group got a tradit

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  5. Guidelines Suggest Less Frequent Screening for Cervical Cancer

    Oct. 19, 2011 -- New federal guidelines are urging doctors to back off annual cervical cancer screening for most women. Instead the recommendations say most women between 21 and 65 years old should only be screened every three years, and that more frequent screening may do more harm than good. The d

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  6. Study: HPV Tests Better at Predicting Cervical Cancer Than Pap Tests

    Aug. 22, 2011 -- DNA tests that detect the most virulent strains of human papillomavirus, or HPV, may find more advanced precancerous cells that can lead to cervical cancer than traditional Pap smears, a new study shows. The study, which is published in The Lancet Oncology, suggests that testing for

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  7. Many Doctors Ignore Guidelines, Order Annual Pap Test

    Aug. 18, 2011 -- Many doctors still recommend yearly Pap tests to screen for cervical cancer even though the guidelines suggest that some women can wait three years between negative tests, a survey shows. The new findings appear in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Overscreening for c

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  8. Study: HPV and Pap Tests OK Every 3 Years

    May 18, 2011 -- Most women aged 30 and older with normal Pap and human paillomavirus (HPV) test results can safely wait three years until their next set of cervical cancer screening tests, according to a new study. Such co-testing is currently recommended by the American Congress of Obstetricians an

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  9. Study: Older Women Need Pap Smears, Too

    March 8, 2011 (Orlando, Fla. ) -- Women aged 70 and over should continue to get regular Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer, a study suggests. The study was presented at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology's Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer. Researchers found that women aged 70 and over account

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  10. Male Circumcision Cuts Women’s Cervical Cancer Risk

    Jan. 6, 2011 -- Circumcising men can reduce cervical cancer risk in women, a new study shows. The study involved more than 1,200 HIV-negative, heterosexual couples living in Uganda, where circumcision of male adults is increasingly encouraged as a means of slowing the spread of HIV/AIDS. Half the me

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