An estimated 11

In 2009, an estimated 11,270 new cases of cervical cancer in the United States in the United States, and the disease causes more than 4,000 deaths. The Pap test is an extremely effective tool for detecting cervical cancer in its earliest and most treatable stage. In fact, regular screening tests actually find precancerous lesions before they become dangerous and turn into cancer .

The College recognizes that frequency of frequency of Pap tests to be met with resistance by many women, but the bottom line is that research rarely cervical screening will be shown to be as effective in the prevention of cancer as annual screening. Consequently over screening for cervical cancer can actually do more harm than good and can lead to unnecessary treatment and future childbearing implications.

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