Cervical cancer has declined in the U.S., however every year over 12,000 women are diagnosed and 4,000 die. This podcast discusses the importance of Pap testing. Created: 1/10/2013 by MMWR.
Date Released: 1/10/2013. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
How Often to Get a Pap Test
Cervical Cancer Screening Among Women Aged >30 Years, With or
Without a History of Hysterectomy – United States, 2000-2010
Recorded: January 8, 2013; posted: January 10, 2013
This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cervical cancer has declined in the US, however every year over 12,000 women are diagnosed and 4,000 die. The decline is largely due to Pap testing and follow-up. Pap testing is no longer recommended every year.
Beginning at age 21, women should have a Pap test every three years. At age 30, they can choose to get a Pap test and an HPV, or human papillomavirus, test and extend screenings to every five years. Most women can stop getting screened after age 65 or after a total hysterectomy, unless it was related to cancer.
All women should talk to their health care provider and develop a plan for screening for cervical cancer.
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