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AS WE AGE

1 in 3 women over 50 do not think cervical screening (pap/smear tests) are part of the healthy upkeep of a woman's body. Adding to the concern, a worrying 1 in 3 (33%) have delayed the test an average of 26 months. In some cases (10%) women have delayed their test for over 5 years!

Women ages of 30 and 65 should have a Pap test plus an HPV test (called “co-testing”) done every 5 years. However, as life expectancy increases in developed countries women are recommended to continue screening until their 70s or 80s because the cancer takes 10-30 years to develop.

Approximately 15% of cervical cancer cases are diagnosed after 50 because of its lengthy dormancy, but cervical cancer is actually more deadly in populations 50-64 (143% rise in mortality) than in populations under 50. In order to catch the cancer early enough, testing should continue past 65.

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