Experts: screening for cervical cancer after 65 years can have benefits

Current guidelines recommend the completion routine screening for cervical cancer by 65 years, but studies show that continued screening after this age can have advantages. The researchers ‘ findings were presented at the annual meeting of the Society of gynecologic Oncology (SGO) in 2018, held March 24-27 in New Orleans.

According to the researchers, among women diagnosed with cervical cancer one in five is aged 65 years and older among patients 20-29 years – only one out of 20.

After analyzing the values obtained from two national US databases, the researchers found that in General from 2000 to 2014, the incidence of cervical cancer has decreased, but 19.7% of cases were identified in women older than 65 years. This indicator over time has not changed significantly.

Analysis of indicators one of the databases also showed that between 2004 and 2014, 18.9% of cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed in women older than 65 years, despite the fact that only 5.1% of cases were diagnosed in women from 20 to 29 years; 8% of cases among women 70-79 years.

The authors stressed that they do not advocate that at the present time, the leadership was changed, but this topic needs further discussion. “For the screening may require a more individual approach,” they added.

Recall that in the last update of the manual, the working group on disease prevention in the United States (USPSTF) continues to pay attention to women older than 65 years and does not recommend screening for those who have had adequate prior screening and are not at high risk of cervical cancer.

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