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Millions of Women in U.S. Not Getting Screened for Cervical Cancer Says CDC

Posted on February 14, 2016 by Disability Help Group

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates roughly eight million women ages 21 to 65 have not been screened for cervical cancer in the last five years. According to national cancer rate data, in 2011 there were 12,109 women diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,092 who passed away from the disease. The CDC believes that more than half of new cases occurred among women who have never or have rarely been screened.

Cervical cancer screening is done with two methods. A regular Pap smear is recommended for all women age 21 and older. Doctors also may recommend women age 30 and older get an HPV test done at the same time as their Pap test. Co-testing, when these two tests are run together, helps detect both precancerous cell changes and the human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause the cell changes that lead to development of cervical cancer.

The rates of cervical cancer cases and deaths have been reduced drastically in the last 40 years as a result of better screening. However, advances in screening cannot benefit a woman unless she undergoes regular exams. If your doctor tells you your Pap smear is normal, he or she may not need to see you again for another test for three years. Older women who have had several normal Pap smears and the HPV test may be able to go five years between screenings. Consult your doctor about when to return for your next screening.

Cervical cancer is one of the many types of cancer that can lead to severe disabilities, both from the disease itself and the treatments used to treat the disease. The treatments for cervical cancer can range from surgery to chemotherapy, both of which can result in several weeks or months of missed employment.

If you have been diagnosed with cervical cancer and are finding it impossible to continue to work and earn an income while undergoing treatment or after treatment is completed, you may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits. The Disability Help Group is here to help claimants file and appeal their disability claims. Contact us for a free consultation. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.