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QuickStats: Percentage of Women Aged >25 Years Who Had a Papanicolaou (Pap) Smear Test* During the Preceding 3 Years, by Age Group and Education Level --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2005*

Percentage of Women Aged >25 Years Who Had a Papanicolaou (Pap)
Smear Test* During the Preceding 3 Years, by Age Group and Education
Level  National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2005*

* Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population and are derived from the cancer control supplement of the National Health Interview Survey. Results are based on responses to a series of questions about Pap smear tests, including, "Have you ever had a Pap smear test?" and "When did you have your most recent Pap smear test?"

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The likelihood of having a Pap smear test during the preceding 3 years increased with education level in each of the age groups. Overall, older women were less likely to be tested; the lowest rate (46.1%) was among women aged >65 years who had not completed high school. Nine out of 10 women aged 25--44 years with some college or more reported having a Pap smear test during the preceding 3 years, the highest rate of any group.

SOURCE: CDC. Health, United States, 2007: with chartbook on trends in the health of Americans. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2007. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus07.pdf.

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Date last reviewed: 5/15/2008

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