Around 8 million women in United States have skipped screening for cervical cancer during past five years. This information has been revealed by U.S Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Though cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers among women, yet a large population of women do not undergo screening, owing to invasive nature of the surgery.
Health Organizations have been recommending regular screening for cancer among women. Those over 21 years in age should get a Pap smear done in three years. Those in the age group of 30 to 65 need to get their HPV test and Pap smear test in five years.
The study findings further revealed that among the women over 21 years in age, 11 percent had not undergone cervical cancer testing in the last five years. Women from ethnic backgrounds as American Indian, Pacific Islanders and Asians also fared badly as many of them had not undergone the cervical cancer screening in the last five years.
The relevance of cervical cancer screening can be understood from the fact that it has helped in reduction of cervical cancer related deaths during last 40 years. Pap smear testing has helped save lives of 4,500 women in U.S during the last one year.
The use of HPV vaccines is also advocated by U.S Centre for Disease Control and Prevention as this prevents the occurrence of cervical cancer among young American women. HPV vaccines are available throughout the health stores in U.S and parents need to get their young girls vaccinated regularly.