cervical cancer

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Are 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.
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It's not exactly a crystal ball, but researchers have developed a simple "mortality index" - you might call it a death test - to figure out an older person's risk of dying in the next 10 years.
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That 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.
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