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A large proportion of women with health insurance and access to regular healthcare, who reported having one or more chronic conditions, were less likely to receive recommended cervical cancer screening, according to Anatasha Crawford from the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Cervical cancer screening can save lives when abnormal cervical lesions and early cancers are detected and treated; however, many women are not screened as recommended. Over half of all new cervical cancers are estimated to occur in women who have never or rarely been screened,” state Crawford and colleagues.
Researchers used data from the 2014 nationwide Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System telephone survey to investigate nonfinancial barriers to cervical cancer screening. Women aged 40 to 65 years, with medical insurance and at least one regular healthcare provider, were included in the analysis.
Women who never or rarely received cervical cancer screenings more often reported one of seven chronic conditions than women who were regularly screened. These conditions are: heart disease (4.9%), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (13.7%), arthritis (38.1%), depression (31.4%), kidney disease (3.8%), or diabetes (15.4%), (p < .01). These women also had a higher incidence of heart attack (4.2%) or stroke (4.5%). Cervical cancer screening was more common among women with skin cancer, although women with other types of cancer did not differ significantly regarding screening frequency.—http://www.healio.
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