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What are the recommendations for cervical cancer screening?

The American Cancer Society recommends the following:

  • Cervical cancer screening should begin at age 21.
  • Women between ages 21 and 29 should have a pap test every three years. There is also a specific test for human papillomavirus (HPV), but it should not be used in this age group unless needed after an abnormal pap test result.
  • Women between the ages of 30 and 65 should have a pap test plus an HPV test every five years.
  • Women over age 65 who have had regular cervical cancer testing with normal results should not be tested for cervical cancer. Once testing has stopped, it should not be started again. Women with a history of a serious cervical pre-cancer should continue to be tested for at least 20 years after that diagnosis, even if testing continues past age 65.

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