Cervical cancer is preventable through regular screening. So it comes as a shock that 8,000,000 women in the US did not undergo screening during the past five years. Why not? The recession? Are your finances more important than your health? How much does a visit to the gynecologist for preventative health screening cost? I'll give you a hint; it costs less than the cost of cervical cancer treatment. It costs less than lost time at work. And it costs much less than the loss of a woman's life to her family.
Get screened now. Everything else are empty excuses.
CDC: Eight million women in the US have skipped cervical cancer screening in the past five years.
NBC Nightly News (11/5, story 8, 1:55, Williams) reported, “A startling number out tonight from the CDC reporting that eight million women in” the US “have skipped the screening test for cervical cancer in just the past five years.”
On its website, NBC News (11/6, Fox) reports that Ileana Arias, the CDC’s deputy director, said, “Every visit to a provider can be an opportunity to prevent cervical cancer by making sure women are referred for screening appropriately.” Arias added, “We must increase our efforts to make sure that all women understand the importance of getting screened for cervical cancer. No woman should die from cervical cancer.”
The Augusta (GA) Chronicle (11/6, Corwin) reports that approximately “12,000 women are diagnosed each year with cervical cancer and about 4,000 die from it, Arias said.” The Chronicle adds, “Lack of screening, cervical cancer cases and cervical cancer deaths are particularly high for the South, she said.”
The Oregonian (11/6, Terry) reports that “in 2012 alone,” the CDC “found that more than 11 percent of the women surveyed were not been screened.” The survey indicated that “the percentages were much higher for those without health insurance – 23 percent – and even higher for women who did not have a regular health care provider – nearly 26 percent.” Also covering the story are HealthDay (11/6, Preidt) and Medscape (11/6, Brooks).