'Nuns, virgins, and spinsters'. Rigoni-Stern and cervical cancer revisited
September 23, 2011
The view that nuns have a very low risk of cervical cancer is questioned. The historical evidence for this view is reviewed, from the beginning of the eighteenth century to the present. An estimate of the actual mortality rate from cervical cancer suggests that risk of death from this neoplasm among nuns is little different from that among the general female population.