The Pelvic Exam and Pap Smear
Although the incidence of cervical cancer has declined in the United States, it remains one of the leading causes of cancer-related death in developing countries. Despite advances in cervical cancer screening, there were an estimated 11,150 cases of invasive cervical cancer in the USA in 2007 with 3,670 women expected to die of the disease. It is important to utilize the screening methods available to detect cervical changes early.
KeywordsCervical Cancer Screening Cervical Screening Pelvic Exam Atypical Squamous Cell Cervical Motion Tenderness
References and Additional Readings
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Cervical cytology screening. ACOG Pract Bullet 2009;109:1–12.Google Scholar