Many Women Get Unneeded Pap Tests

Friday, 29 Nov 2013 04:26 PM

 

Share:
A    A   |
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink
Doctors in the United States overuse Pap tests for cervical cancer screening in some groups of women, according to a new study.

Researchers found that women who have had their sex organs removed and others considered too old to worry about cervical cancer are among those getting tested.

"Almost two-thirds of women who have had hysterectomies reported having recent Pap tests," study co-author Deanna Kepka, an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Utah, said in a university news release.

"Half of women over 65 who have no cervical cancer history also reported a recent Pap test," said Kepka, who also is an investigator at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. "This represents 14 million women in the United States receiving an unnecessary procedure."

A Pap test involves scraping cells from the surface of the cervix and examining them for abnormalities under a microscope.

Because older women have a very small risk of developing slow-growing cervical cancer, Pap tests do not benefit women over age 65 who have no history of cervical cancer or pre-cancerous conditions, Kepka said.

She also said women who have had hysterectomies do not benefit from a Pap test because nearly all of them no longer have a cervix, which is the specific target of this type of screening.

For their study, Kepka and her colleagues examined data from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey. Their findings were published online Nov. 25 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

"We knew there would be overuse of Pap tests, because the few studies of cervical cancer screening showed overuse 10 years ago," Kepka said. "But we were shocked to see so little change over the past 10 years."

"We're hoping to see better use of the tests over the next decade as changes in the health care infrastructure take place," she said. Electronic medical records, physician reminder systems and new strategies to improve the quality of care may promote guideline-consistent practices among clinicians, she said.

© HealthDay

Share:
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Heavy Women At Greater Risk for Miscarriage, Say Researchers

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 17:18 PM

Women who are overweight or obese when they get pregnant may be at increased risk for miscarriage, stillbirth or infant  . . .

Pot Smoking Changes Brain Structure: Study

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 17:10 PM

Young people who occasionally smoke marijuana may be rewiring their brains, with their pot use causing structural change . . .

Easter Lilies Can Kill Cats, FDA Warns

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 14:19 PM

Easter lilies are a pretty adornment for the Christian holiday, but can be deadly to house cats, the U.S. Food and Drug  . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved