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8 M Women Skipped Cervical Exam for 5 Years

According to the CDC, 5 million women skipped the exam that tests for cervical cancer for five years, missing the chance to prevent or treat the disease. A Pap smear that tests for the human papilloma virus (HPV) that causes cervical cancer can catch it early. In fact, more than half of women diagnosed with the disease had never or rarely been screened. CDC researchers reviewed national surveys and found that in 2012, 11.4% of women had not been screened for cervical cancer for the past 5 years. The reason? Twenty-three percent of women cited a lack of health insurance - the Affordable Care Act requires that health insurers provide all cancer screenings for free - while 25% said they didn’t have a regular doctor. Each year, more than 4,000 American women die of cervical cancer.

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