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Cervical Cancer Risk: Did Researchers Get it Wrong?

Posted on 05/15/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAre guidelines that say women over age 65 don’t need cervical cancer screening based on questionable data? A new study not only raises questions about previous research, but finds that cervical cancer risk actually peaks in women 65 or older. According to lead researcher Anne Rositch, assistant professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the risk for cervical cancer in older women, as well as African American women, has been greatly underestimated. “Our …

Pelvic Exam: One More Thing Women Can Skip?

Posted on 12/18/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt seems as if the annual health to-do list for women over 50 is getting shorter and shorter. All those routine tests we thought we needed every year to stay on top of things — like mammograms and Pap smears — experts now say are really unnecessary. The latest thing we should cross off the list: a yearly pelvic exam. A new study from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), says a pelvic exam, in which the physician inserts …

Is 75 Too Old For Routine Screening Tests?

Posted on 12/19/2011 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you’re 75 or older, you don’t need routine screening for breast, colorectal and prostate cancer. If you’re a woman age 65 or older, you don’t need to be tested for cervical cancer (the Pap test or Pap smear). These are the current guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force, but a new study finds that many older Americans are being routinely screened for these diseases — something experts say is unnecessary,  costly for our health care system, and …