- Leader in the development of effective diagnostic techniques and treatments for cervical cancer.
- In 1999, Yale became the first medical center in Connecticut to offer a DNA test for HPV.
- Our physicians are highly trained in treating cancers in a woman's reproductive organs.
The fatality rate for cervical cancer has plummeted. Once the deadliest cancer for women, it is now 14th on the list. This incredible success story is rooted in early screening and prevention.
From the Pap smear to the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine, Yale Medicine has been at the forefront of developing widely used and incredibly effective diagnostic techniques and treatments for cervical cancer.
The majority of cervical cancer cases are tied to HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that will affect more than 80 percent of women over the course of their lifetime. "But just because you have it does not mean you will develop cervical cancer," says Yale Medicine's Elena Ratner, MD, co-chief of Gynecologic Oncology and an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine. "So the most important thing is reducing the rate of it is with the new HPV vaccines."