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Maryland study finds nearly 38 percent of lesbians not routinely screened for cervical cancer

  • Posted: October 18, 2012

Nearly 38 percent of lesbians polled in a national survey were not routinely screened for cervical cancer, putting them at risk of developing a highly preventable cancer, according to a University of Maryland School of Medicine study being presented at the 11th Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research. Cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted virus, the human papillomavirus (HPV), and can be detected through regular Pap smears. The University of Maryland is home to the Greenebaum Cancer Center.

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