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Cervical Cancer Risks And Best Practices: In Home Care Professionals Weigh In

Jan 16, 2018 by Jim McNabb

Cervical cancer or cancer of the cervix used to be one of the most common causes of cancer deaths in women. Fortunately, with continued advancements in the medical field, the death rate has continued to decline. In home care specialists attribute the decline in death rates to the introduction of the pap smear test. This test is designed to be administered every three years to women between the ages of 21 and 65. Failure to have a pap smear test performed can lead to late detection of cervical cancer, which is generally harder to treat in women over the age of 65.

Studies have indicated that the key factor to decreasing your risk of finding cervical cancer later on in life is to have the proper tests performed. The American Cancer Society reports that women who do not keep up with the tests are more likely to find cancer than those who do have their regular tests performed. In home care professionals suggest that all women have their pap smear test performed before they are age 65.

Cancer screenings in older adults are not always as cut and dry as they may seem, and it is important to speak with your loved one’s health care provider first. Below, our in home care experts will provide some best practices for older women who are curious about cervical cancer screenings:

  • If you are under 65 and you have not had a cervical cancer screening performed in the past five years, talk to your physician about having one performed
  • If you are 65 or older and you have never had a hysterectomy performed, you should speak with your physician about having a test completed and the risks that may be associated with it
  • If you do not have a history of recent pap smears, talk to your health care provider about scheduling a test

The in home care team at Comfort Keepers is here to help you and will assist your loved one in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and staying abreast on their cervical cancer health. For more information, call our office at your convenience. 

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