When and How Would You Screen This Patient for Cervical Cancer?

Annals Beyond the Guidelines

Grand Rounds Discussion From Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Successful screening programs based on cervical cytology have dramatically reduced the incidence of cervical cancer in the United States. Human papillomavirus immunization is poised to reduce it further as an increasing percentage of vaccinated women reach adulthood. A recent guideline from the American Cancer Society advises that cervical cancer screening begin at age 25 and that high-risk human papillomavirus testing is the preferred screening test. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening begin at age 21 and that cytology remain incorporated into screening. Here, 2 experts debate how to apply these guidelines to Ms. L, a 22-year-old woman who has never undergone cervical cancer screening.


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Annals Beyond the Guidelines

From Annals of Internal Medicine (annals.org), Beyond the Guidelines is an educational feature based on recent guidelines. Each considers a patient (or patients) who "falls between the cracks" of available evidence and for whom the optimal clinical course in unclear. Presented at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) Grand Rounds, each conference reviews the background evidence and experts then discuss the patient(s) and field audience questions. Videos of the interviews and conference, the slide presentation, and a CME/MOC activity accompany each module.