Cervical Cancer Screening
This HEDIS Measure
Assesses women 21–64 years of age who were screened for cervical cancer using either of the following criteria:
- Women age 21–64 who had cervical cytology performed every 3 years.
- Women age 30–64 who had cervical cytology/human papillomavirus (HPV) co-testing performed every 5 years.
THE Bottom Line
Cervical cancer is a disease in which cells in the cervix (the lower, narrow end of the uterus) grow out of control. Cervical cancer used to be one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women; effective screening has reduced the mortality rate by more than 50 percent over the last 30 years.1 Cervical cancer is preventable in most cases because effective screening tests exist. If detected early, cervical cancer is highly treatable.1
- American Cancer Society. 2014. “Cervical Cancer Prevention and Early Detection.” http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003167-pdf.pdf Last modified December 11.