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Does ACOG's cervical cancer screening guidelines really protect women?

Updated: Jan 21


ACOG has stood behind their cervical cancer screening requirements that women should be screened every 5 years and not testing women before the age of 21. ACOG is playing Russion Roulette with the lives of women. I was diagnosed with HPV when I was 19 years old. I was screened every 3-6 months, had several colposcopies, and underwent a LEEP surgery to remove part of my cervix at age 23 years old. I am outraged that the cervical cancer screening guidelines had changed. I cannot help but wonder what would have happened to me had my care been followed under these current guidelines. No one should lose their life to cervical cancer due to lax screening requirements as my dear friend Meaghan did. https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/practice-advisory/articles/2021/04/updated-cervical-cancer-screening-guidelines


If you are interested in joining our advocacy efforts to get ACOG to change their cervical cancer screening guidelines to help protect all women, please email womenshealth@acog.org.


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