New Pap Smear Screening Guidelines...
By Kirsten Wengeler, APNP
In the fall of 2012, 47 experts representing 23 professional societies, national and international health organizations, and federal agencies met to review and update the cervical cancer (Pap smear) screening guidelines. They reviewed data that included the following information:
- Invasive cervical cancer deaths have been reduced by 70% in the U.S. over the past 50 years.
- New Pap smear screening technology (liquid based testing) has become available. These new technologies provide greater sensitivity to detect precancer and cancer.
- Current evidence shows... (more)
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