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Senior Home Care Professionals Talk About Risks And Best Practices Related To Cervical Cancer

Jan 14, 2018 by Shannon Meller

Cervical cancer used to be one of the most common causes of cancer-related deaths in women in the US. However, advancements in the medical field were made and the decline of deaths related to this type of cancer are due to the pap smear test, which allows for early detection of any problems. The test is recommended for all women between the ages of 21 and 65 and should be performed every three years. Senior home care experts at Comfort Keepers are prepared to assist your loved one in getting to and from appointments with their physician to ensure they can inquire about pap smears and cervical cancer screenings.

Studies that have been conducted show that the key to decreasing the risk of finding cervical cancer later on in life is to have tests performed at the proper time. Women who do have tests performed regularly are less likely to find out that they have cervical cancer after age 65. Senior home care experts recommend that all women, younger than 65, have a pap smear performed to screen for cancer.

Below, our senior home care experts will provide some best practices to keep in mind:

  • If you are younger than 65 and you have not had a cervical cancer screening performed within the last five years, you should speak with your physician and have one performed
  • If you are 65 or older and have not had a hysterectomy, you should speak with your physician about having the screening performed and what risks are associated with the test
  • If you do not have a history of pap smear tests, you should speak with your health care provider about having a test completed to screen for cancer

Comfort Keepers senior home care team is ready to assist your loved one in making sure that he or she talks to their physician about cervical cancer and having the proper tests completed. Call our office today to learn more about how we can help. 

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