HEALTH MATTERS, JAN. 29, 2020: CERVICAL CANCER
In the United States, there are more than 13,000 cases of cervical cancer every year. Most people don’t know that cervical cancer can be prevented.
University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences Interim Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. John McDonald said cervical cancer is the most common gynecological cancer in the world.
“It is not the most common cancer in the United States because we have an effective screening test called the Pap smear that was developed many years ago,” McDonald said. “The rates of cervical cancer in the United States have dropped dramatically since the implementation of the annual Pap smear.”
But Pap smears aren’t an annual occurrence anymore, McDonald said. Instead, the recommendation is every three to five years.
Health Matters is produced with the help of the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences and University Medical Center.