Jan 14, 2018 by Garrett Hafler
When you think of cervical cancer, what comes to mind? You likely think of a cancer that is now easily detected and treatable. Prior to the pap smear test, this was not always the case and cervical cancer was the most common cancer death in women. Today’s technology has turned that around and with the proper testing completed, women can know whether or not a problem exists. Caregivers suggest that all women, even women 65 and older, have pap smears or cervical cancer screenings completed. Women who are 21 to 65 should have a pap smear completed every three years.
While caregivers want you to know that cervical cancer is more common in middle-aged women, it is still possible for seniors to develop cancer. In fact, about 15% of cases of cervical cancer are in older women. Caregivers say that with the proper testing performed, women do not have to worry about cervical cancer as much because early detection and treatment is possible.
Cervical cancer can be scary for senior women, especially when they have not had tests completed recently. It is not too late though, and seniors can speak with their health care professionals to learn more about testing and screenings. If your loved one is not on board with the idea or you know they have not had a test in a while, encourage them to inquire with their health care provider. Knowing is half the battle and the first step to treatment and overcoming cancer.
The caregivers at Comfort Keepers are here to help you and your loved one. We can provide you with information about cervical cancer and also assist your loved one with his or her day to day activities. Call Comfort Keepers now to learn more about the services we can provide to you.