Screening Guidelines for Cervical Cancer
Gary Fournier has served as a managing director with JP Morgan in Los Angeles since 2006. In addition to managing money for high-profile clients, Gary Fournier passionately supports causes relating to cancer research, particularly the Foundation for Women’s Cancer.
The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is a leading fundraising organization in support of a cure for gynecological cancers. The foundations maintains a website that provides valuable resources for women and recently won the e-Healthcare Leadership Website Award for Best Health Content. In addition to providing information relating to risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options, the website offers guidelines for the screening and prevention of cervical cancer.
Established in 2012 by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, and the American Cancer Society, the guidelines stress limiting the amount of tests women receive in their lifetime to ensure they receive complete benefits and minimize the potential for harm.
The guidelines state that women should wait until they’re 21 years old to be screened for cervical cancer, following which they should be screened with just the Pap test every three years. Women over 30 should generally undergo the Pap test as well as HPV testing every five years. Women over 65 who have had three or more consecutive negative Pap tests or two negative HPV tests should forego screening unless they have a history of cervical pre-cancer.