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Complete Health Indicator Report of Cervical Cancer Screening (Pap)

Definition

The proportion of women 18 years or older who reported having a Pap test in the last three years.

Numerator

The proportion of women 18 years or older who reported having a Pap test in the last three years.

Denominator

The total number of female survey respondents aged 18 or older excluding those who responded "don't know" or "refused" to the numerator question.

Data Interpretation Issues

To reduce bias and more accurately represent population data, the BRFSS has changed survey methodology. In 2010, it began conducting surveys by cellular phone in addition to landline phones. It also adopted "iterative proportional fitting" (raking) as its weighting method. More details about these changes can be found at: [https://ibis.health.utah.gov/pdf/opha/resource/brfss/RakingImpact2011.pdf].

Why Is This Important?

Cervical cancer is one of the most curable cancers if detected early through routine screening. Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by infection of high-risk types of the human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV vaccine protects against the HPV types that most often cause cervical cancer. Women who have had an HPV vaccine still need to have routine Pap smears because the vaccine does not fully protect against all the strains of the virus and other risk factors that can cause cervical cancer. HPV is transmitted through sexual contact. Any woman who is sexually active is at risk for developing cervical cancer. Other risk factors include giving birth to many children, having sexual relations at an early age, having multiple sex partners or partners with many other partners, cigarette smoking, and use of oral contraceptives. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends cervical cancer screening (Pap smear) every 3 years for women 21 to 65 years old. For women 30 to 65 years old, Pap smears may be conducted every 5 years in conjunction with human papillomavirus (HPV) testing.

Healthy People Objective C-15:

Increase the proportion of women who receive a cervical cancer screening based on the most recent guidelines
U.S. Target: 93.0 percent
State Target: currently being revised

How Are We Doing?

Cervical cancer screening rates have continually fallen since 2010 at both the state and national level. Between 2012 and 2019, the percentage of Utah women aged 18 or older who reported receiving a Pap test within the last three years decreased from 70.7% to 58.8% (age-adjusted rates), compared to a national rate of around 70%. Cervical cancer screening rates in Utah vary by geography, ethnicity, race, socio-economic status, and age. For combined years 2018 and 2019, San Juan (44%) and Central Utah (52.1%) local health districts reported the lowest cervical cancer screening rates when compared to the state rate (60%), while Salt Lake County reported a significantly higher rate (63.4%). See additional data views for screening rates by Utah Small Areas. In 2019, women who identified as Hispanic reported receiving a screening for cervical cancer within the past 3 years at a higher rate (67%) than women who identified as non-Hispanic (57.8%). Those who identified racially as Pacific Islander reported the lowest rates (49.7%), while those who identified as Black (79%) and American Indian/Alaskan Native (70.2%) reported the highest rates in 2018-2019. In 2019, and when looking at the highest level of education completed, college graduates (62.7%) were more likely to have received a Pap test than those with a high school diploma (59.5%), some post high school education (57.7%), or those with no high school degree (54.9%). Women in households with annual incomes less than $25,000 were less likely to have had a Pap test (52.2%) in 2019 than women in households with higher incomes (total 58.8%). Women age 18-34 years old (62%) and age 50-64 years old (59%) were significantly less likely to have had a Pap test in 2019 than women age 35-49 (74%). The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force does not recommend screening for cervical cancer in women older than 65 years who have had adequate prior screening and are not otherwise high risk for cervical cancer.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Cervical cancer screening rates have continually fallen since 2010 at both the state and national level. Screening rates in Utah have also consistently been lower than national rates. Nationally, the percentage of women aged 18 or older who reported receiving a Pap test in the past three years decreased from 80.7% in 2010 to 71.7% in 2018. In Utah, the percentage of women who received a pap test decreased from 74.3% in 2010 to 63.4% in 2018. The latest state rates from 2019 indicate that only 58.8% have received a cervical cancer screening test within the past 3 years.

What Is Being Done?

The Utah Cancer Control Program (UCCP) provides vouchers for free Pap tests and pelvic exams to women who meet age and income guidelines. Eligible women with abnormal screening exams are offered diagnostic evaluation by participating providers. In addition, the UCCP provides education about the need for early detection and the availability of screening services, collects outcome data, and disseminates information about cervical cancer. The Utah Department of Health also initiated the Utah Cancer Action Network (UCAN), a statewide partnership whose goal is to reduce the burden of cancer. The mission of the UCAN is to lower cancer incidence and mortality in Utah through collaborative efforts directed toward cancer prevention and control. As a result of this planning process, objectives and strategies have been developed by community partners regarding the early detection of cervical, testicular, prostate, skin, breast, and colorectal cancers as well as the promotion of physical activity, healthy eating habits, and smoking cessation.

Available Services

The Utah Cancer Control Program (UCCP) provides vouchers for free Pap tests and pelvic exams to women who meet age and income guidelines. Eligible women with abnormal screening exams are offered diagnostic evaluation by participating providers. As of July 1, 2001, the UCCP is able to refer Utah women in need of treatment for cervical cancers and precancerous lesions to Medicaid for full benefits. The women must meet all requirements as outlined in the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act. Visit [http://www.cancerutah.org] for more information to see if you qualify. In addition, the Utah Immunization Vaccines for Children (VFC) program provides low cost HPV vaccines to females ages 9 to 18 who meet income guidelines.

Health Program Information

In 1976, the Utah Department of Health received a cervical cancer grant from the National Cancer Institute. In 1980, the Utah Department of Health began providing clinical breast exams and Pap tests on a sliding fee scale. In 1993, state funding was appropriated for mammography. In that same year, the Utah Cancer Control Program (UCCP) first received a capacity building grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct breast and cervical cancer screening in Utah. A comprehensive grant was awarded to the program in 1994 to continue breast and cervical cancer screening. Since 1994, the UCCP and partners, including local health departments, mammography facilities, pathology laboratories, and private providers, have worked together to ensure the appropriate and timely provision of clinical services. The UCCP continues to receive funding from the CDC for breast and cervical cancer screening. Additionally, the UCCP receives funding to implement comprehensive cancer control strategies that were identified by the Utah Cancer Action Network (UCAN) statewide partnership.


Related Indicators

Relevant Population Characteristics

Economically disadvantaged persons are significantly less likely to get a Pap test. Women are also more likely to receive screening tests as their level of education increases.

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicators:


Health Care System Factors

As part of the Affordable Care Act, women can receive free preventive services such as Pap smears.

Related Health Care System Factors Indicators:


Risk Factors

Any woman who is sexually active is at risk for developing cervical cancer. Other risk factors include having sexual relations at an early age, having multiple sex partners or a partner with many other partners, having a weakened immune system, not getting the HPV vaccine, and cigarette smoking.

Related Risk Factors Indicators:


Health Status Outcomes

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer with the use of the HPV vaccine. It is also highly treatable when caught early through screening tests.

Related Health Status Outcomes Indicators:




Graphical Data Views

Pap Test Within the Past Three Years, Utah and U.S., 1999-2019

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BRFSS Utah vs. U.S.YearAge-adjusted Percentage of Women 18+Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 39
UT Old Methodology199188.2%85.2%90.7%
UT Old Methodology199281.1%77.3%84.3%
UT Old Methodology199379.4%75.4%82.8%
UT Old Methodology199482.5%78.9%85.5%
UT Old Methodology199580.0%76.6%83.0%
UT Old Methodology199680.1%77.2%82.8%
UT Old Methodology199778.2%74.7%81.4%
UT Old Methodology199877.8%74.3%81.1%
UT Old Methodology199980.4%77.2%83.2%
UT Old Methodology200081.8%78.5%84.7%
UT Old Methodology200280.7%77.8%83.2%
UT Old Methodology200479.0%76.8%81.1%
UT Old Methodology200675.1%72.6%77.4%
UT Old Methodology200874.1%71.7%76.4%
UT Old Methodology201074.3%72.5%75.9%
US Old Methodology199188.6%88.1%89.1%
US Old Methodology199282.1%81.5%82.3%
US Old Methodology199383.0%82.4%83.5%
US Old Methodology199482.8%82.2%83.3%
US Old Methodology199582.8%82.2%83.4%
US Old Methodology199683.3%82.8%83.8%
US Old Methodology199783.6%83.2%84.2%
US Old Methodology199883.5%83.1%84.0%
US Old Methodology199984.6%84.1%85.0%
US Old Methodology200085.2%84.7%85.6%
US Old Methodology200285.6%85.2%86.0%
US Old Methodology200484.8%84.5%85.2%
US Old Methodology200683.5%83.1%83.9%
US Old Methodology200882.2%81.9%82.6%
US Old Methodology201080.7%80.3%81.0%
UT New Methodology201270.7%69.2%72.2%
UT New Methodology201470.0%68.6%71.4%
UT New Methodology201666.7%64.9%68.5%
UT New Methodology201863.4%61.6%65.2%
UT New Methodology201958.8%56.6%60.9%
US New Methodology201277.7%77.3%78.0%
US New Methodology201475.1%74.7%75.5%
US New Methodology201672.1%71.7%72.5%
US New Methodology201871.7%71.2%72.2%

Data Notes

Age-adjusted to the 2000 standard population. UT/US Old Methodology: Previous BRFSS methodology used "post-stratification" which was used to weight data by age, gender, and local health district (LHD). UT/US New Methodology: To reduce bias and more accurately represent population data, the BRFSS has changed survey methodology. It began conducting surveys by cellular phone in addition to landline phones. It also adopted "iterative proportional fitting" (raking) as its weighting method. With raking, education, race/ethnicity, marital status, home ownership/renter, and telephone source are included in the weighting procedure.

Data Sources

  • U.S. Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Division of Behavioral Surveillance, CDC Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
  • Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health


Pap Test Within the Past Three Years by Local Health District, Utah, 2018 and 2019

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Local Health DistrictAge-adjusted Percentage of Women Aged 18+Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 14
Bear River61.4%55.8%66.8%
Central52.1%45.9%58.2%
Davis County63.4%58.8%67.7%
Salt Lake County63.4%60.9%65.8%
San Juan44.0%31.4%57.5%
Southeast62.0%53.2%70.2%
Southwest53.0%47.6%58.3%
Summit69.6%59.5%78.1%
Tooele58.8%51.2%66.1%
TriCounty58.4%51.0%65.4%
Utah County55.4%52.1%58.5%
Wasatch59.0%49.3%68.0%
Weber-Morgan63.5%58.6%68.1%
State of Utah60.3%58.9%61.8%

Data Notes

Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 population.

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health


Pap Test Within the Past Three Years by Utah Small Area, 2018 and 2019

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Utah Small AreasAge-adjusted Percentage of Women Aged 18+Lower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 100
Brigham City51.2%37.1%65.0%
Box Elder Co (Other) V248.8%32.6%65.4%
Tremonton****
Logan V259.1%49.0%68.5%
North Logan79.1%69.6%86.1%*
Cache (Other)/Rich (All) V264.5%53.4%74.2%
Hyrum49.6%36.5%62.7%*
Smithfield56.3%44.1%67.8%*
Ben Lomond65.4%56.8%73.2%
Weber County (East)55.2%43.0%66.8%
Morgan County64.3%51.5%75.4%
Ogden (Downtown)69.6%59.2%78.3%
South Ogden58.8%47.9%68.9%
Roy/Hooper68.0%55.1%78.6%
Riverdale62.2%49.5%73.4%
Clearfield Area/Hooper67.3%57.4%75.8%
Layton/South Weber57.8%49.5%65.7%
Kaysville/Fruit Heights58.2%45.7%69.8%
Syracuse73.2%59.1%83.7%*
Centerville50.4%35.2%65.4%
Farmington85.9%70.6%93.9%*
North Salt Lake59.6%42.0%75.0%*
Woods Cross/West Bountiful69.1%50.4%83.1%
Bountiful66.5%54.3%76.9%
SLC (Rose Park)68.6%54.0%80.2%
SLC (Avenues)80.3%67.2%89.0%
SLC (Foothill/East Bench)71.0%55.0%83.0%*
Magna70.0%56.2%80.9%
SLC (Glendale) V285.1%67.5%94.0%*
West Valley (Center)62.6%49.8%73.9%
West Valley (West) V266.8%48.4%81.1%*
West Valley (East) V267.7%56.8%77.0%
SLC (Downtown) V250.9%33.6%68.0%
SLC (Southeast Liberty)64.0%48.3%77.2%*
South Salt Lake62.1%42.9%78.2%
SLC (Sugar House)57.8%42.6%71.6%
Millcreek (South)69.3%54.7%80.9%
Millcreek (East)74.2%66.0%81.0%
Holladay V254.3%39.5%68.4%
Cottonwood64.8%52.2%75.5%
Kearns V264.0%50.6%75.6%
Taylorsville (E)/Murray (W)41.8%31.2%53.2%
Taylorsville (West)63.5%55.3%71.0%
Murray55.8%41.7%69.1%
Midvale72.7%64.2%79.8%
West Jordan (Northeast) V248.7%36.6%60.9%
West Jordan (Southeast)44.5%36.6%52.7%
West Jordan (W)/Copperton71.4%54.8%83.7%
South Jordan V264.9%51.0%76.6%
Daybreak56.6%46.2%66.4%
Sandy (West)61.4%46.6%74.4%
Sandy (Center) V258.8%45.4%71.1%
Sandy (Northeast)73.8%61.8%83.0%
Sandy (Southeast)76.1%66.4%83.7%
Draper66.0%54.9%75.6%
Riverton/Bluffdale57.6%48.4%66.4%
Herriman63.0%50.8%73.8%
Tooele County (Other)52.3%39.4%64.8%
Tooele Valley60.1%51.3%68.2%
Eagle Mountain/Cedar Valley49.2%35.0%63.5%
Lehi51.5%42.2%60.6%
Saratoga Springs47.7%36.1%59.6%
American Fork55.0%43.9%65.6%
Alpine46.9%28.1%66.6%*
Pleasant Grove/Lindon53.9%44.3%63.3%
Orem (North)68.0%56.1%78.0%
Orem (West)53.5%41.0%65.6%
Orem (East)41.4%25.7%59.1%
Provo/BYU48.4%35.7%61.3%
Provo (West City Center)64.6%50.3%76.7%
Provo (East City Center)68.8%53.5%80.9%
Salem City57.5%37.3%75.5%*
Spanish Fork51.6%41.0%62.0%
Springville46.4%33.6%59.8%
Mapleton67.2%44.1%84.1%*
Utah County (South) V262.3%47.7%74.9%*
Payson53.2%37.2%68.5%
Park City62.1%48.6%74.0%
Summit County (East)72.7%59.3%82.9%
Wasatch County59.0%49.3%68.0%
Daggett and Uintah County61.0%51.9%69.3%
Duchesne County53.9%43.4%64.1%
Nephi/Mona81.1%63.4%91.4%*
Delta/Fillmore48.9%34.3%63.7%
Sanpete Valley51.0%41.3%60.7%
Central (Other)44.2%33.6%55.3%
Richfield/Monroe/Salina51.6%39.0%63.9%
Carbon County60.4%50.0%69.9%
Emery County59.6%43.0%74.3%
Grand County70.9%54.3%83.4%*
Blanding/Monticello47.0%33.4%61.1%
San Juan County (Other)41.5%25.9%59.0%*
St. George56.3%47.1%65.2%
Washington Co (Other) V229.9%18.6%44.4%*
Washington City68.5%52.5%81.1%
Hurricane/La Verkin43.8%25.9%63.4%
Ivins/Santa Clara41.9%33.2%51.2%*
Cedar City53.8%41.4%65.8%
Southwest LHD (Other)42.0%28.4%57.0%
State of Utah60.3%58.9%61.8%

Data Notes

Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population. *Use caution in interpreting; the estimate has a coefficient of variation >30% and is therefore deemed unreliable by Utah Department of Health standards. **The estimate has been suppressed because 1) the relative standard error is greater than 50% or 2) the observed number of events is very small and not appropriate for publication. Maps, methods, and changes to Utah Small Areas may be found on IBIS at the following URL: [https://ibis.health.utah.gov/resource/Guidelines.html].

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health


Pap Smear in the Past Three Years by Ethnicity, Utah, 2019

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Hispanic EthnicityAge-adjusted Percentage of Women 18+Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 3
Hispanic67.0%59.2%73.9%
Non-Hispanic57.8%55.5%60.0%
All Utahns58.8%56.6%60.9%

Data Notes

Age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population.

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health


Pap Smear in the Past Three Years by Race, Utah, 2018 and 2019

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RaceAge-adjusted Percentage of Women Age 18+Lower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 6
American Indian/Native Alaskan70.2%59.8%78.9%
Asian51.4%39.2%63.4%
Black79.2%60.8%90.3%*RSE >30 %
Pacific Islander49.7%29.4%70.0%
White60.0%58.5%61.6%
All Races60.6%59.1%62.2%

Data Notes

Age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population. *Use caution in interpreting; the estimate has a coefficient of variation >30% and is therefore deemed unreliable by Utah Department of Health standards.

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health


Pap Test Within the Past Three Years by Education, Utah Women Aged 25+, 2019

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Education LevelAge-adjusted Percentage of Women 25+Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 5
Less Than High School54.9%44.2%65.2%
H.S. Grad or G.E.D.59.5%55.0%63.8%
Some Post High School57.7%54.2%61.2%
College Graduate62.7%59.0%66.2%
Total58.8%56.6%60.9%

Data Notes

Age-adjusted to the 2000 standard population.

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health


Pap Test Within the Past Three Years by Income, Utah, 2019

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Income CategoryAge-adjusted Percentage of Women 18+Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 5
<$25,00052.2%46.1%58.3%
$25,000-$49,99958.8%53.4%64.1%
$50,000-$74,99958.8%53.4%63.9%
$75,000+64.7%60.0%69.1%
Total58.8%56.6%60.9%

Data Notes

Age-adjusted to the 2000 standard population.

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health


Pap Test Within the Past Three Years by Age, Utah, 2019

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Age GroupPercentage of Women Aged 18+Lower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 4
18-3462.2%57.3%66.9%
35-4973.9%69.8%77.7%
50-6459.2%54.5%63.7%
65+22.4%18.9%26.5%^

Data Notes

^The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force does not recommend screening for cervical cancer in women older than 65 years who have had adequate prior screening and are not otherwise high risk for cervical cancer.

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health

References and Community Resources

Utah Cancer Control Program @ [http://www.cancerutah.org] [[br]] Utah Cancer Action Network @ [http://www.ucan.cc] [[br]] National Cancer Institute @ [http://www.cancer.gov] [[br]] American Cancer Society @ [http://www.cancer.org] [[br]] Huntsman Cancer Institute @ [http://www.huntsmancancer.org] [[br]] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention @ [http://www.cdc.gov] [[br]] American Society of Clinical Oncology @ [http://www.asco.org]

More Resources and Links

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

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