17th August 2018

mayoclinic
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Why do I need a Pap smear every year?

A Pap smear is used to screen for cervical cancer. The Pap smear is usually done in conjunction with a pelvic exam. In women older than age 30, the Pap test may be combined with a test for human papillomavirus (HPV) — a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause cervical cancer in some women.

So, are Pap smears recommended every year?

May 1, 2015 — Many women were raised on the mantra "Pap smear once a year." But for women 21 years and older at average risk for cervical cancer, getting screened once every 3 years should be enough, according to advice from the American College of Physicians (ACP).

Is it necessary to have a Pap smear every year?

New Recommendations for Pap Smears. Here are the recommendations for women who are at an average risk for cervical cancer: 30 to 65: Pap smear required every three years or a combination of a Pap smear and HPV test every five years. More than 65: No pap smear necessary if all recent screenings have been normal.

Is it necessary to have annual Pap smears?

Here are the recommendations for women who are at an average risk for cervical cancer: Under the age of 21: No pap smear necessary. 21 to 29: Pap smear required once every three years. 30 to 65: Pap smear required every three years or a combination of a Pap smear and HPV test every five years.
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