Days after a government advisory panel rolled back its recommendations on mammography screening for breast cancer, another influential group issued revised guidelines on the use of Pap smears to detect cervical cancer, recommending that young women delay getting their first test. In its new guidelines issued Friday, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended that adolescent girls wait until age 21 to get their first Pap smear.
For many pregnant women in America, it is easier today to walk into a hospital and request major abdominal surgery than it is to give birth as nature intended. Jessica Barton knows this all too well. At 33, the curriculum developer in Santa Barbara, Calif., is expecting her second child in June