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QuickStats: Percentage of Women Aged ≥18 Years Who had a Papanicolaou (Pap) Smear Test* During the Preceding 3 Years, by Age Group and Poverty Status --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2008

The figure shows the percentage of women aged ≥18 years who had a Papanicolaou (Pap) smear test during the preceding 3 years, by age group and poverty status, from the National Health Interview Survey in 2008. In all age groups, women with a family income of at least 200% of the poverty level were more likely to have had a Pap test in the preceding 3 years than those who were poor (income <100% of poverty) or near poor (income 100% to <200% of poverty).Women who were poor or near poor were equally likely to have had a Pap test in the preceding 3 years, in all age groups. Women aged ≥65 years were less likely to have had a Pap test in the preceding 3 years than were younger women, regardless of poverty status.

* Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population. Responses are based on a series of questions in the cancer screening supplement of the 2008 National Health Interview Survey, including "Have you ever had a Pap smear or Pap test?" and "When did you have your most recent Pap smear or Pap test?" All women were included, regardless of whether they had had a hysterectomy.

Poverty status is family income as a percentage of the federal poverty level and takes into account family size and composition.

95% confidence interval.

In all age groups, women with a family income of ≥200% of the poverty level were more likely to have had a Pap test in the preceding 3 years than those who were poor (income <100% of poverty) or near poor (income 100% to <200% of poverty). Women who were poor or near poor were equally likely to have had a Pap test in the preceding 3 years, in all age groups. Women aged ≥65 years were less likely to have had a Pap test in the preceding 3 years than were younger women, regardless of poverty status.

SOURCE: National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2009, with special feature on medical technology; table 87. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of women aged ≥18 years who had a Papanicolaou (Pap) smear test during the preceding 3 years, by age group and poverty status, from the National Health Interview Survey in 2008. In all age groups, women with a family income of at least 200% of the poverty level were more likely to have had a Pap test in the preceding 3 years than those who were poor (income <100% of poverty) or near poor (income 100% to <200% of poverty).Women who were poor or near poor were equally likely to have had a Pap test in the preceding 3 years, in all age groups. Women aged ≥65 years were less likely to have had a Pap test in the preceding 3 years than were younger women, regardless of poverty status.



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