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Millions of women are missing cervical cancer screenings.

As many as eight million American women between the ages ot 21 and 65 did not have a Pap test for cervical cancer between 2007 and 2011, even though recommendations call for testing every three years for women in this age group. These statistics, which were published in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in November 2014, are especially alarming, considering that the National Cancer Institute estimates that regular screening with Pap tests decreases cervical cancer incidence and mortality by 80 percent. Women least likely to be screened included those without insurance or a regular health care provider. Many insurance programs, including those that are available through the Affordable Care Act, provide cervical cancer screenings at no cost to the insured. If you are uninsured, contact the CDC at (800) 232-4636 to see if you qualify for screening through its National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.

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Title Annotation:FRONTLINE
Publication:Women's Health Advisor
Date:Jan 1, 2015
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