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The American College of Physicians has released best practices to reduce unnecessary cervical cancer screening in average-risk women. The practices are endorsed by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Clinical Pathology and have been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Incidence and mortality for cervical cancer have decreased steadily, according to the study, published April 30. Decreases are attributed to widespread screening. However, medical cost for screening and follow-up in 2010 was estimated at $6.6 billion. In 2015, it is estimated that 12,900 U.S. women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,100 will die of the disease, the report stated. The current estimated incidence rate is 7.8 cases per 100,000 women per year.