Cancer of the cervix: screening must continue after 50 years



Netherlands - The team of Dr. Habbema University Medical Center Rotterdam indicates that postmenopausal women should continue to undergo Pap smear screening for cancer of the cervix on a regular basis every three years.

The cervico-uterine smears is the removal of cells from the cervix. This is a simple, quick and painless to detect and deal with the early pre-cancerous lesions and thus prevent the development of this type of cancer.

Despite the existence of vaccines against HPV, responsible for some cancers of the cervix, and the recommendation to carry out the review from the age of 20 to 25 years age limit achievement differs between countries. The researchers studied data on more than 200 000 women aged 45 to 54 years and 450 000 women aged 30 to 44 years.

The team of Dr. Habbema concludes that the risk for a young woman is the same as for a woman 50 years or more, after several normal smears. In France, the recommendation urges screening until age 65.

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