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High incidence of cervical cancer in women over 60 is likely due to less intensive cervical screening in this generation of women
  1. John Brodersen1,2
  1. 1 Centre of Research & Education in General Practice, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  2. 2 Primary Health Care Research Unit, Region Zealand, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to Professor John Brodersen, Centre of Research & Education in General Practice, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen DK-1014, Denmark; jobr{at}sund.ku.dk

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Commentary on: Wang J, Andrae B, Sundstrom K, et al. Effectiveness of cervical screening after age 60 years according to screening history: nationwide cohort study in Sweden. PLoS Med 2017;14:e1002414.

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In many countries the distribution of the incidence of cervical cancer peaks at around 45 and 65 years of age. The reason for this phenomenon could have at least two explanations: (1) an underlying biological explanation so that the older a woman is the higher the risk for her to get cervical cancer no matter her vita sexualis or if she has participated in cervical screening, which is the case with, for example, breast and colorectal cancer; (2) women older than 60 years have participated …

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