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Closure of women’s health clinics may negatively impact cervical cancer outcomes

Key clinical point: Closing women’s clinics may negatively impact outcomes among patients with cervical cancer, including mortality rate.

Major finding: Mortality risk among women with cervical cancer was 36% higher in states that had a decreased number of women’s clinics providing abortion per capita between 2010 and 2013 versus states that had no decrease in clinics.

Study details: An epidemiological study involving more than 200,000 cases of cervical cancer from the Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance Study (BRFSS) and the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database.

Disclosures: The investigators disclosed relationships with Phelps County Regional Medical Center, the Elsa U Pardee Foundation, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and ASTRO.


Srivastava AJ et al. ASTRO 2019, Abstract 202.