New guidelines: HPV test is option instead of Pap smear for older women

August 23, 2018
The Pap smear has long been the gold standard for cervical cancer screening, but an expert panel now says the human papillomavirus, or HPV, test is also an option for women over 30. These women now have three choices under new recommendations issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (...

Cervical cancer screening without Pap test OK for some women

August 23, 2018
Not all women need Pap tests to look for cells in the cervix that might be malignant. Under new guidelines from U.S. physicians, some women can get a test that looks for the cancer-causing human papilloma virus (HPV).

Ovarian Cancer Screening Still Ineffective, Not Recommended: Panel

February 20, 2018
Screening for ovarian cancer is not recommended for women with no signs or symptoms of the disease, newly released guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force say. That represents no change in advice from the 2012 guidelines or the task force's draft recommendations issued in the...

Experts: Pre-existing coverage in House GOP bill would fall far short

August 16, 2017
The $23 billion included in the House Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to pay for people with pre-existing chronic health conditions will only cover about 5% of the estimated 2.2 million people who need insurance, a new analysis concluded.

Women Opt To Skip Pelvic Exams When Told They Have Little Benefit

By Patti Neighmond on May 18, 2017
This is a story about conflicting medical advice. One group of doctors, represented by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, recommends yearly pelvic exams for all women 21 years of age and older, whether they have symptoms of disease or not.