Study suggests that women may not need annual tests….. even though STD’s are on the rise in adolescents and women over 50….
Guidelines were just changed to make the minimum age to get screened to age 21. That means adolescent girls who have sex many not get screened for 5 to 6 years after their first sexual encounter. I think that if teens want to have sex they need to learn about their bodies and be responsible for their care of their vagina. These guidelines take all accountability away from women.
Girls who get the HPV vaccine Gardasil and Cervarix are also at higher risk of developing cervical cancer. The new guidelines just do not make sense – unless of course they plan on vaccinating women for STD’s.
Cervical Cancer: How Often Should You Get Screened?
Health Goes Strong
By: Barbara Kantrowitz
March 15, 2012
Most of us have become accustomed to getting screened for cervical cancer annually. That has been pretty much the standard throughout most of our adult lives. But new guidelines suggest that many of us may not need tests that often.
The new guidelines were published through collaboration by several major cancer groups, including the American Cancer Society, and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
The guidelines say that women 21 to 29 should be screened with Pap tests every three years and then every five years with Pap tests and human papillomavirus (HPV) tests until age 65. Women under 21 and over 65 should not be screened, the guidelines say, because there isn’t enough evidence that screening reduces the incidence of cervical cancer in those age groups or decreases deaths.
The goal of these new guidelines is to balance the risks and benefits of screening.
The scientific basis for these new cervical cancer screening guidelines is largely based on growing knowledge HPV, a common sexually transmitted disease that is the cause of most cases of cervical cancer.
Lengthening the interval between cervical cancer screenings doesn’t mean that women should neglect to get the tests. They’re still the best way for most women to prevent deaths from cervical cancer.
More than 11,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in this country and almost 4,000 die of it, mostly because their cancers were caught too late.