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Pap Guidelines

Cervical cancer screening is done regularly to ensure there are no abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix (the bottom portion of the uterus).

The interval for pap screening changed several years ago based on guidelines by the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Cancer Society, and the US Preventative Services Task Force.

Screening Recommendations

Women less than 21 years old — no screening is recommended

21-29 years old — screening with pap testing every 3 years

30-65 years old — screening with pap testing and HPV testing every 5 years (preferred)
OR screening with pap testing every 3 years

Over 65 years old — screening can be discontinued in low risk women; high risk women should be screened through age 70

We still recommend that you see your provider on a yearly basis for a well-woman exam. Pap testing only screens for abnormal cervical cells; it does not address your overall gynecological health. A complete history and exam are necessary for evaluation of your pelvic organs, general health, and medication management.


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