The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists releases new guidelines on cervical cancer screening


November 20, 2009

Christina Chu, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, offers commentary on the new guidelines recently released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

WHYY Radio

Christina Chu, MD is quoted in a WHYY Radio story about the new federal cervical cancer screening guidelines, which were announced last week, recommending that young women hold off on getting pap smears until they’re 21 years old, since cervical cancer is slow-growing and the human papillomavirus (HPV) infections that can lead to it often clear on their own. “For young girls who have mild or even some moderate pre-cancerous lesions identified of the cervix, these are things that will often resolve by themselves within a couple of years,” Chu says. “The immune system will take care of the HPV infection. Those precancerous spots will go away.” Click here to listen to Christina.

The New York Times

New guidelines for cervical cancer screening say women should delay their first Pap test until age 21, and be screened less often than recommended in the past... Read More

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