Pap test

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 …

New Pap Test Advice For Women Ages 30 to 65

Posted on 10/24/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThat annual Pap test to detect cervical cancer? Women no longer need to have one every year, according to the country’s largest obstetrician-gynecologist organization, joining a growing consensus that most healthy women can wait three to five years between tests if they have no other problems or risk factors. The Associated Press reports that the new advice from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is that women ages 21 to 29 whose Paps show no sign of trouble can …

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 …