An 'unacceptably low' amount of women are up to date on a test that can catch cervical cancer, according to a new study

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An 'unacceptably low' amount of women are up to date on a test that can catch cervical cancer, according to a new study
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:24:40 -0500

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A recent study of more than 47,000 women found that many weren't up to date on the Pap smear, a test that screens for cervical cancer. The study's author said the rate of cervical cancer screening in this population was "unacceptably low." Anyone who can get cervical cancer should start getting Pap smears at age 21, according to expert recommendations. How often you get tested depends on your age and your test results. 

Cervical cancer used to be the top cause of cancer-related death for American women, but cases and deaths related to the disease have dropped significantly in recent decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This decline happened largely thanks to widespread adoption of the Pap smear, a screening test that catches abnormalities in cervical cells well before cancer develops. 

But a new study suggests that many younger women may now be skipping out on this important test. 

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