Jan 14, 2018 by Tammara LaCasse
Cervical cancer or cancer of the cervix is a serious worry in older adults and previous to the pap smear test, used to be the number one cancer death among women. Elderly home care providers want you to know that pap smears are recommended for all women ages 21 to 65 and should be done every three years. Developing cervical cancer is most common in the middle ages of life, but the threat continues to exist, even when women reach age 65 and older. It is estimated that approximately 15% of cervical cancer cases are found to be in women who are past the considered “normal age range” to develop it.
But why? Elderly home care professionals say that studies show that one reason cervical cancer may be found outside of the normal age range is because many women opt out of pap tests, that are needed. Women, who are 65 or older, need to understand that cervical cancer is much more difficult to treat. One study performed shows that cervical cancer in women over 70 had a 1.6 times greater chance of death than women who were under the age of 70 with the exact same conditions.
While cervical cancer rate of death has continued to decrease over the years, it does still remain a problem in some areas due to limited access to treatment and even screening. The NIH or National Institutes of Health continue to support efforts to ensure that these areas do have screening and treatment options available.
Cervical cancer can often be two scary words to seniors, especially if they have not had regular pap smears performed. The sooner tests are performed, the better. Remember, knowing is half the battle. Elderly home care professionals recommend that you encourage your loved one to seek out care and speak with their physician about screenings.
The team at Comfort Keepers is here to help you and we provide elderly home care to seniors who want to live independently. Our team will work closely with you and your beloved senior to ensure he or she can get to their physician’s office to have a test performed.