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How often should I be screened for cervical cancer?

All women should begin cervical cancer screening (via Pap test) at the age of 21, according to the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). This screening should continue until the age of 65. Screening should be performed every 3 years. After the age of 30, women have the option of being screened every 5 years if testing is done for the human papillomavirus (HPV) along with the Pap test. This screening schedule is assuming negative (normal) results for both the Pap test and HPV test. As everyone is different, it is important to discuss this schedule with your healthcare provider to determine what is best for you.
Samar Nahas, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Having a specific abnormality or concern will affect how frequently you should be screened for cervical cancer. Samar Nahas, MD, from Riverside Community Hospital discusses just how often PAPs and screenings should take place. Learn more in this video.

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