CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING STUDY
But it's an important lesson: everyone needs to be their own, best health advocate.
The researchers found that among women who had visited a doctor in the last year, but who had not had a recent pap test, more than 85 percent reported that their doctor had not recommended a pap test in the last year.
But whose to blame?
Una says, fear is no reason not to get the pap and pelvic done.
"It does create some anxiety I certainly know that the early you find something wrong, the easier it is to treat and the more likely you have a chance for cure. You find something late because you didn't go, you're kickin' yourself."
And screening should be done at least every two years depending on the type of test used.
After age 30, a woman can get screened every two to three years if they have had normal pap smears before that.
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