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January-29-98

Pap Smear Computer Checks Costly

A study conducted at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington concluded that new computer systems used to double-check Pap smears for cervical cancer are more costly and no more effective than humans with microscopes. Researchers reported that the computer system found only six unusual slides among 5,478 that had already been checked and deemed normal. However, experts reported that none of those six slides showed evidence of cancerous cells.

According to the American Cancer Society 14,500 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,800 women die of the disease annually .

Media Resources: AP - January 20, 1998