USA – New Study Finds Discrepancies in Cervical Cancer Screening Rates

A study from Mayo Clinic researchers shows less than two thirds of women ages 30 to 65 were up-to-date with cervical cancer screenings in 2016, which is below the 81% screening compliance rate self-reported in the 2015 National Health Interview Survey.

A new Mayo Clinic study shows that the percentage of women who are screened for cervical cancer could be far lower than national data suggests. The researchers’ findings were published in the Journal of Women’s Health and show that less than two thirds of women ages 30 to 65 were up-to-date with cervical cancer screenings in 2016.

What’s telling is the percentage is even lower for women ages 21 to 29, with just over half current on screenings. Mayo Clinic Researchers said those figures are well below the 81% screening compliance rate that was self-reported in the 2015 National Health Interview Survey.

Findings also revealed that in addition to lower-than-expected screening rates there were also racial inequities in terms of who is getting screened…