Doctors urge reform to cancer screening policy

Doctors urge reform to cancer screening policy
(Source: KAIT)

(KAIT/NBC) - Cervical cancer is a preventable disease that can affect women at any age. It develops on the lining of the cervix.

Current guidelines suggest that women between the ages of 21 and 65 should be screened through a pap smear or HPV test.

However, a new study raises questions about the age limit for cervical cancer screenings.

Research has found 20 percent of cervical cancer cases from 2000 to 2014 were in women over the age of 65.

Oncologist Doctor Noelle Cloven knows cervical cancer doesn't discriminate.

"The guidelines definitely need to be addressed, re-looked at, to try to find something that's going, to help us detect cancer in this particular age group of women," Dr. Cloven said.

In the US, fewer than 4,000 women die from cervical cancer each year.

For Dr. Cloven's best advice for a woman unsure of her cancer risk, click here.

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