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ObGyns—Leaders, not followers, in cervical cancer screening
Publish date: January 3, 2022
Routine screening has substantially reduced cervical cancer incidence and mortality over the past few decades. As we reflect on the successes of cervical cancer screening, this article will highlight why it is important to assess the historical performance of screening and guidelines and determine where improvements can be made to continue driving towards the goal of cervical cancer elimination. It will also examine challenges physicians face when screening guidelines from professional societies differ. Given the impressive contributions that science and ObGyns have made in the last 80 years of cervical cancer screening in the United States, continued evaluation of society recommendations and consideration of tangible steps to move women’s health forward will further strengthen cancer screening for the benefit of patients.