It has been reported that lesbians are missing cervical cancer screening. During a national survey, about 38% of the lesbian who took part in the survey said they are not getting themselves tested for cervical cancer.
Missing the screening of cervical cancer puts a woman at the risk of developing preventable cancer. Through timely screening, the growth of the cervical cancer can be reduced. The national survey was conducted by the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine.
Sexually transmitted disease can cause cervical cancer. Regular Pap smears can help in detecting the human papillomavirus (HPV). It has come to light that the percentage of lesbian missing the screening is more than the percentage of women taking the cervical cancer screening tests.
The author of the study, J. Kathleen Tracy, said, ".lesbians are at risk of developing cervical cancer. If these women aren't screened, they are at increased risk of getting this type of cancer by missing opportunities to identify precursor cervical abnormalities that can be treated".
It is hoped that the findings of the study will help in encouraging women to get themselves tested for cervical cancer. The findings of the study highlight those issues which have been neglected till now.
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