CDC Identifies Need to Improve Cervical Cancer Screening

Ileana Arias, PhD, CDC principal deputy director, recommends active screening by Pap test and HPV test, and vaccination of young boys and girls to improve early detection and prevention rates.

Cervical cancer

screening saves lives, yet about 8 million women aged 21 to 65 years in the United States have not been screened in the past 5 years, federal health officials with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

CDC Vital Signs.

"There continue to be women who are not screened as recommended, and women who die from this preventable cancer," write Vicki B. Bernard, PhD, of the CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, and colleagues in a report published today in

"No woman should ever die from cervical cancer," Ileana Arias, PhD, CDC principal deputy director, said during a media briefing about the new data.

"Screening has been proven to work, but not enough women are getting these recommended preventive services. We need to take action now to increase cervical cancer screening by educating women, eliminating barriers to care, and seizing on existing opportunities to provide this preventive care," Dr Arias said.

Report on Medscape: http://bit.ly/1tDsvCd

Link to CDC Vital Signs: http://1.usa.gov/1tLRc0S