Women Age 21-26 Years Old
Unnecessary testing/over-screening increases the total cost of care and increases the risk to the patient of unnecessary cost, pain, and emotional distress due to false positive screening tests. Over-screening would include screening pap more frequently than every three years, screening Human papillomavirus (HPV) testing prior to age 30, and mammography more than every two years. Educating staff and patients about appropriate screening intervals and implementing clinical decision support can reduce over-screening.
- Educate all team members about appropriate cancer screening intervals for women
- Have a patient education initiative to inform patients about the risk of over-screening
- Start utilizing a clinical decision support tool within your record to ensure that women receive cancer screenings at appropriate intervals.
- Screening for Cervical Cancer: A Systematic Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
- 2015 Breast Cancer Screening Draft Recommendations: U.S. Preventative Services Task Force
Resources & Tools
- HPV Clinician Fact Sheets
- HPV for Boys and Girls Fact Sheet
- National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
- What Parents Should Know About HPV Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness
- Cervical Cancer Screening – A Guide for Physicians
- Cervical Cancer Screening – A Guide for Physicians and Patients
- Cervical Cancer Screening – A Trifold Guide for Physicians and Patients
- 3 Things Parents Should Know About Preventing Cancer
- Cancers Associated with HPV in Ohio
- HPV Cancer Prevention Infographic
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