How Frequently Should I Get a Pap Smear to Screen for Cervical Cancer?

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The screening for cervical cancer has been stretched out actually the yearly pap smear was recommended for many, many, many years, and then a few years ago we counselled women and the guidelines came out from a number of professional organizations. The women who are at average risk for cervical cancer only need their pap smears every two years or every three years after the age of 30 if their HPV-ve on their pap smear or are tested negative for the human papillomavirus.

We've now stretched that out most recently to every three years for women who had average risk, and every five years for women who are over the age of 30, and who're HPV-ve. So a woman really needs to review with her physician or her healthcare provider if she had average risk. She's not at average risk if she's had previous abnormal pap smears in the past where it's been treated for cervical dysplasia, so it is exceedingly important to realize that these new guidelines don't apply to everybody and every woman needs to have her annual wellness visit to review, do these new guidelines apply to her.

She must also review her pap smear screening issues with her healthcare provider.