Cervical Cancer Screening
What is measured?
The score tells you the percentage of women who were screened for cervical cancer at the appropriate time for their age and other risk factors, such as their family history.
The score includes women ages 24-65 who had a single Pap smear to test for cervical cancer during the past three years, plus women ages 24-65 who had a hysterectomy and have not had a Pap smear after the removal of their uterus, plus women older than 65 who have not had a Pap smear. This score concerns women who should and should not get a Pap test.
How is the data gathered?
Each year PAMF submits data on specific [preventative] health care services and treatments we provide to our patients to the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a statewide leadership group that promotes quality improvement, accountability and affordability of health care in California.
Why does it matter how well PAMF scores on cervical cancer screenings?
Providing top-quality, evidence-based preventive care for you and your family is our priority at PAMF. The IHA rating on our cervical cancer screening rates shows that we are ensuring that we are providing you with the best possible care to prevent you from getting cervical cancer or detecting it early when it is easier to treat.
PAMF's Overall Score
81% of females received cervical cancer screening at the appropriate time in 2014.
The IHA ranks PAMF greater than 85% above all other medical groups measured.
We would like to hear from you if you have any questions or comments about our quality care reporting.
Facts about Cervical Cancer Screening:
- Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix, which is the tip of the uterus. Over 4,000 women will die of cervical cancer each year in the United States. Most of these cancers are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Cervical cancer is highly preventable with screening by the Pap test.
- Leading medical organizations such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force no longer recommend an annual Pap test (to screen for cervical cancer) for all women. Instead there are more nuanced guidelines depending on a woman's age and health history. The current guidelines are as follows:
- Women should have a Pap test every three years starting at age 21 until age 65.
- Women aged 30 to 65 can have a combined Pap and HPV test every five years.
- Women with certain risk factors may need screening more often or continue screening beyond the age of 65.
- See our health maintenance guidelines for more details.