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65+: Cervical cancer screening--Pap smear

Definition: Percentage of women aged 65 and over who had Pap smears within the past three years, two- or three-year average

Notes: The data are from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS). Respondents were asked the questions: "A Pap smear is a test for cancer of the cervix. Have you ever had a Pap smear? and "How long has it been since your last Pap smear?" These questions were asked every even year of the survey, although some states chose to include them in other years. Percentage is a 2- or 3-year average, which helps to reduce the year-to-year fluctuation due to small numbers. Percentage is reported under the year at the midpoint of the 3-year period; e.g., the average of and 2000 and 2002 was reported under 2001. National data is the median of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Sources:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. (n.d.). Health data for all ages, Pap smears among women: State, 1997-2002 (BRFSS).
  • University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Center on the Family. (2006, May). Special tabulation using data from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS), by state, 1999-2003, as provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics.

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Year National State County
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