Of interest, cytotechnologists were significantly more likely to misclassify HSIL Pap tests
as LSIL than were pathologists.
Simply performing a Pap test
alone may result in false reassurance and in under estimating the severity of disease.
Our main empirical approach is DD, in which we compare the within-state over time change in Pap test
outcomes for women in a treated state that adopted a Pap test
insurance mandate in a given year to the associated change in outcomes for women in control states that did not adopt a Pap test
mandate in that same year.
Women with SCI need to be examined annually for their well woman exam, which includes a Pap test
, mammogram (if appropriate), sexually transmitted disease screening and screenings for other reproductive health issues.
That is why, in addition to the pap tests
offered in public hospitals, the health ministry also announced in January that it will introduce free vaccines against cervical cancer from September 2016 to all 12 and 13-year-old girls in public and private schools.
Although abnormal cervical cells and HPV infections usually self-resolve, to hear that "Your Pap test
results are abnormal" or "You're high-risk HPV-positive" can be disturbing for women.
Despite the Pap test
's 60-year record as a safe and highly accurate screening tool for cervical cancer and precancerous abnormalities of the cervix, many women do not have regular Pap tests
According to HRSA's 2011 UDS Data for Yakima Valley, they perform Pap Tests
at a rate of 85.7% which places them in the top quartile for the performance measure on cervical cancer screening The following is an interview with Lisa Galbraith, DO and Stella Vasquez, Director of Program Operations, where they talk about how the use of promotoras and electronic health records has contributed to their success in the cervical cancer screening performance measure.
Between 2000 and 2010, the percentage of women aged 18-21 years who reported never being screened increased from 26.3% to 47.5%, while the percentage who reported having a Pap test
within the preceding 12 months decreased from 65% to 41.5%.
In a separate study of BRFSS data from the same time period, CDC researchers led by Meg Watson, M.P.H., found that Pap test
use among women aged 30 years and older who have had a hysterectomy decreased from 73.3% in 2000 to 58.7% in 2010, while Pap testing within 3 years decreased among women aged 65 years and older without a hysterectomy, from 73.5 % in 2000 to 64.5 % in 2010 (MMWR Jan.
The Pap test
takes a few cells from the cervical canal - the opening of the uterus - and checks for abnormal cells that can lead to cancer.
You have an abnormal Pap test
? One in 10 Pap tests
indicate some abnormality, though most are not serious.