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Union County Public Health Profile Report

Self-Reported Cervical Cancer Screening: Estimated Percent (Age-adjusted), 2017-2020*

  • Union
    95% Confidence Interval (66.9 - 81.3)
    NA=Data not available.
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Why Is This Important?

Cervical cancer is one of the most curable cancers if detected early through routine screening. Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by infection with high-risk types of the human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV vaccine protects against the HPV types that most often cause cervical cancer. Women who have had an HPV vaccine still need to have routine Pap smears because the vaccine does not fully protect against all the strains of the virus and other risk factors that can cause cervical cancer. HPV is transmitted through sexual contact. Any woman who is sexually active is at risk for developing cervical cancer. Other risk factors include giving birth to many children, having sexual relations at an early age, having multiple sex partners or partners with many other partners, cigarette smoking, and use of oral contraceptives. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for cervical cancer every 3 years with cervical cytology alone in women aged 21 to 29 years. For women aged 30 to 65 years, the USPSTF recommends screening every 3 years with cervical cytology alone, every 5 years with high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) testing alone, or every 5 years with hrHPV testing in combination with cytology (cotesting).

Risk and Resiliency Factors

Factors that are negatively associated with self-report of cervical cancer screening according to current guidelines include having '''less than a high school education''', being a '''US resident for less than 10 years''', and being '''non-Hispanic Asian'''. ([ Hall et al., 2018]) Note: [ Custom data views] of the estimated prevalence of adherence to cervical cancer screening guidelines among New Jersey women by selected '''sociodemographic and other characteristics''' (including '''education level''', '''immigration status''', and '''race/ethnicity''') can be generated using the New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey interactive query module.

How Are We Doing?

In 2020, approximately 80% of respondents reported that they had received a Pap test within the past three years.

Healthy People Objective C-15:

Increase the proportion of women who receive a cervical cancer screening based on the most recent guidelines
U.S. Target: 93.0 percent
State Target: 93.6 percent

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Risk Factors:

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All prevalence estimates are age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population.  *2019 data is not included in the average estimated prevalence. No data is available for 2019.

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health, []  

Measure Description for Self-Reported Cervical Cancer Screening

Definition: Estimated percentage of women ages 21-65 years who have had a Pap test in the past three years.
Numerator: The number of women ages 21-65 years who reported having a Pap test in the last three years.
Denominator: The total number of female survey respondents ages 21-65 years excluding those who responded "don't know" or "refused" to the numerator question.

Indicator Profile Report

Percentage of Adult Women Ages 21-65 Years who had a Pap Test Within the Past Three Years (exits this report)

Date Content Last Updated

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