LESS CERVICAL CANCER
ANCHOR LEAD :FEWER WOMEN ARE BEING HOSPITALIZED FOR CERVICAL CANCER, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Hospitalizations and deaths due to cervical cancer have decreased dramatically in the United States, the federal agency for healthcare research and quality reports. Connie Trimble, a cervical cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, says the take home message is simple.
TRIMBLE: Screening works. And it’s actually really important because it’s going to be vital to maintain the screening infrastructure even though vaccines are theoretically available. The barriers to getting vaccinated are the same as the barriers to getting screened: access to care. There’s a lot of different reasons why women don’t get care. Only some of it is economic. :20
Screening involves getting regular Pap smears at intervals recommended by your doctor. When a problem is detected prompt treatment can arrest the cancer while it remains localized. Finally, when given properly, the new HPV vaccine has been shown to prevent most cases of cervical cancer. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.