This article reports on a study of over 300,000 women confirming the validity of these new guidelines. So even though the guidelines came out a few years ago, many practitioners and patients have been tentative in following the spaced out schedule. For me personally, I gladly will follow these more spaced out guidelines (who has time with little ones around... and it is not the most pleasant screen). I also feel a lot more confident about advocating this to my patients.
Why do we test for cervical cancer anyway? Here are some interesting facts:
Top Causes of Death in Women:
- Heart Disease
Top Causes of Cancer Deaths in Women (worldwide and not counting skin):