Cervical Cancer Risk Doubles with Longer Screening Intervals
MARCH 01, 2003
A woman?s relative risk of invasive cervical cancer doubles if she is screened at 2- or 3-year intervals after her last negative cervical smear, rather than at 1-year intervals, according to a case-control study published recently in Obstetrics and Gynecology. No significant difference was found between a 2- or a 3-year screening interval. Although a woman?s absolute risk for developing cervical cancer remains low, the researchers noted that these findings are important for policymakers to consider when evaluating the costs and impact of a decrease in screening frequency. The findings are based on data from 1466 women in the Kaiser Permanente health maintenance organization in northern California.
AF Risk Increases with More Pregnancies
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.