MedPage Today reports, “More and more U.S. women were behind on guideline-recommended cervical cancer screening in recent years.”
Why? “Lack of knowledge about needing screening [is] cited as the primary reason for not being up to date,” researchers found.
In the “pooled, population-based, cross-sectional study, the percentage of women not up to date on their screening increased from about 14% in 2005 to 23% in 2019.”
The researchers found that “the most common reason given for not receiving timely cervical cancer screening was not knowing screening was needed, increasing from about 45% to 55% over the study period.”
The COVID pandemic has resulted in many elective procedures being put on hold, and this has led to a substantial decline in cancer screening.
The American Cancer Society says, “Cervical cancer can often be found early, and sometimes even prevented, by having regular screening tests.”
ACS adds, “If detected early, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable cancers.”
The findings were published in JAMA Network Open.
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