USPSTF Recommendation Statement on Screening for Cervical Cancer



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Bottom Line: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has updated its recommendations regarding screening for cervical cancer, with the recommendations and type of screening method varying depending on the woman’s age and other factors.

Background: The USPSTF routinely makes recommendations about the effectiveness of preventive care services. This latest statement is an update of its 2012 recommendation on screening for cervical cancer. The number of deaths from cervical cancer in the United States has decreased substantially since the implementation of widespread cervical cancer screening. Most cases occur among women who have not been adequately screened.

The USPSTF Concludes:

Related material

The following related elements from The JAMA Network are also available on the For The Media website:

— A podcast interview with Carol M. Mangione, M.D., M.S.P.H., Task Force member and co-author of the recommendation statement, is available for listening and downloading on this page. The transcript of the podcast can be found here.

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JAMA editorial: Screening for Cervical Cancer – New Tools and New Opportunities

JAMA Internal Medicine editorial: Cervical Cancer Screening – Moving From the Value of Evidence to the Evidence of Value

JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Cervical Cancer

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