"A cervical cancer diagnosis may be ignored for patients showing the disease’s symptoms if they recently had a Pap smear test, a new London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) study suggests."
"As part of the study, recently published in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science, LHSC’s London Regional Cancer Program looked at 38 women under the age of 50 who were diagnosed with cancer of the cervix and who received chemotherapy."
"According to the study, 13 of those 38 women had undergone a Pap smear test within two years or less of their diagnosis, which may have led physicians to rule out cervical cancer as the reason for the patients’ symptoms."“There may be a perception that cervix cancer is unlikely in a woman compliant with screening,” the study says.
"The authors of the study conclude cervical cancer should be considered as part of any diagnosis regardless of past screening results and they reiterate the importance of a pelvic exam as part of routine care and particularly when there are symptoms.”
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Keep well, and keep this article on hand. Discuss this with your Doctor the next time you attend an appointment for annual screening or are concerned about unexplained symptoms.
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