Press Release: The Foundation for Women’s Cancer Supports New Cervical Cancer Screening Recommendations

Chicago – March 14, 2012 – The Foundation for Women’s Cancer supports new cervical cancer screening recommendations issued today by the American Cancer Society, along with the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP), and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

These organizations organized a consensus update for US Cervical Cancer Screening recommendations that included 25 organizations. These new recommendations and updates occur when new evidence suggests that a change may be needed.

The Foundation applauds the leadership of these organizations for engaging in this important consensus-building process which resulted in guidelines that represent the best screening strategies for cervical cancer prevention in the U.S.

Commenting on behalf of the Foundation, Dr. Mark Einstein, who participated in process states, “This is an important step in advancing appropriate, evidence-based cervical cancer screening in the U.S. This cancer is preventable and adherence to the new guidelines takes us one step closer to eliminating cervical cancer.”

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2012 over 12,000 will learn they have cervical cancer and over 4,000 will die from the disease.

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is a 501(c) 3) not for profit organization dedicated to funding research and training, and ensuring education and public awareness of gynecologic cancer prevention, early detection and optimal treatment.

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Education

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