Missing Out: 8 Million U.S. Women Skip Cervical Cancer Screening

November 5, 2014 9:06 PM

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(NBC) -- As many as 8 million adult women who should be screened for cervical cancer haven’t had that checkup in the past five years, and they’re missing a chance to prevent or treat the disease before it could kill them, federal health officials said Wednesday.

More than half of women diagnosed with cervical cancer cases had never or rarely been screened, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. A Pap smear or a test for the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes cervical cancer can catch it early, while it’s still curable, or even prevent canc...

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