Non-Recommended Cervical Cancer Screening in Adolescent Females (NCS)

Assesses adolescent females 16–20 years of age who were screened unnecessarily for cervical cancer.

Note: A lower rate indicates better performance.

Why It Matters

Cervical cancer screening can result in more harm than benefits for adolescent females. Adolescent females tend to have high rates of transient HPV infection and regressive cervical abnormalities. This may produce false-positive results and lead to unnecessary and potentially detrimental follow-up tests and treatment.¹

Results

NON-RECOMMENDED CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING IN ADOLESCENT FEMALES*
Commercial Medicaid Medicare
Year HMO PPO HMO HMO PPO
2016 1.8 1.9 2.0 -- --
2015 2.3 2.4 2.7 -- --
2014 3.4 3.8 3.8 -- --

References

  1. Kulasingam, S.L, L. Havrilesky, R. Ghebre, E.R Myers. 2011. “Screening for Cervical Cancer: A Decision Analysis for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.” Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Report No.: 11-05157-EF-1. Rockville, MD

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