As a self-proclaimed nerd, I enjoy a good quiz. And by “good quiz”, I mean a quiz that tests my knowledge, but doesn’t have an impact on my life in the form of a grade. So it was a no brainer when I stumbled upon the New York Time’s Weekly Health Quiz. I thought “sure, let’s test my knowledge and see how well public health has educated me on the latest topics!”
I have to admit, I was a little ashamed of my score. There were three questions that I couldn’t decide between two answers and in the end chose incorrectly; however, I was pleased to see recent research published by the Bloomberg School of Public Health included! Question 6 of 7 was on research by Anne F. Rositch, PhD, MSPH (assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology), that showed women are dying of cervical cancer at a higher rate than first believed and that there is a large racial difference in the death rates. Part of what makes Rositch and her team’s research so important is that it did not include women who had hysterectomies as the procedure usually includes the removal of the cervix and therefore prevents this population from developing cervical cancer.
To read more about the cervical cancer research and its conclusions, the press release can be found on our website. Or, if you are like me and want to take the quiz (now that you know the answer to number six), visit The New York Times and their blog for all their weekly health quizzes.