A proposal to slash cervical cancer screenings could hit minority women especially hard.
US Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendations—which inform insurance reimbursements—suggest a Pap smear every 3 years, or an HPV test every 5 for women aged 30-64. Previous guidelines backed the industry standard—both tests every 5 years.
Cervical cancer killed over 4,000 US women in 2014, with the highest rate among Latina and black women who, with fewer screenings, “will fall through the cracks” and miss diagnoses, says Carolyn R Aldigé, founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
- Deadline to comment on the draft: 8pm ET October 13.