Despite cervical cancer being highly preventable, the disease continues to occur, and common reasons are that women fail to get a Pap test or the Pap test fails, according to new research. A study of 833 women diagnosed with cervical cancer found 56% of cancers occurred in women who had not had a Pap test four months to 36 months before diagnosis, and of the remaining cases, 32% had Pap tests that failed to detect the cancer.

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