Data in the past has suggested women with IBD have an increased risk for cervical abnormalities found on pap smears. This is due to the immunosuppressants used to treat patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
A new study just published compares a large group of women with IBD to women without IBD. The study shows women with IBD have just as much screening as women without IBD. The risk for cervical abnormalities was higher in women with IBD. In women with Crohn's disease, there was an increased risk for cervical cancer development, about 50% higher than the healthy population.
What does this mean for women with IBD? It means women should get annual pap smears and any abnormal cells identified should be looked into further.
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Dr. Kane is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic.