Thomas Randall, MD, helps break down the new cervical cancer screening recommendations


November 25, 2009

CBS 3

Thomas Randall, MD, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at Pennsylvania Hospital spoke to CBS3 about the new guidelines for cervical cancer screenings announced by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. The new recommendations state that women should have their cervical cancer screening at age 21 and be re-screened less frequently than previously recommended. Because cervical cancer grows so slowly, yearly pap tests can lead to treatments that aren't needed and can be potentially harmful. Randall agrees with the recommendations, commenting to CBS3 that "we can spare [young women] a lot of invasive testing and discomfort and unnecessary visits to the doctor without missing cervical cancer at a treatable, curable stage." He encourages women to continue see a primary care physician or gynecologist regularly, ideally yearly, even though screening for cervical cancer may be less frequent. "There is a lot else that happens at those exams besides the pap test," he says... Read More

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