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Cervical cancer screening rates dropped during stay-at-home order

from Medical Xpress

Maureen J. Miller, MD, from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues examined electronic medical records for about 1.5 million women served by Kaiser Permanente Southern California health care system to assess cervical cancer screening rates before, during, and after the stay-at-home order issued by the governor of California on March 19, 2020. The researchers observed a substantial decrease in cervical cancer screening rates during the stay-at-home order compared with the 2019 baseline. Cervical cytology screening rates per 100 person-months decreased 78% among women aged 21 to 29 years. For women aged 30 to 65 years, there was an 82% decrease in human papillomavirus test screening rates per 100 person-months. more

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