Cancer Screening Guidelines:
Cervical Cancer Screening:
The Pap test is the most common method to detect changes in the cervix and cervical cancer. Most invasive cervical cancers are found in women who have not had a regular Pap test.
Within three years of beginning sexual intercourse or by age 21.
Up to age 30
Annually with Pap test or every two years with liquid-based cytology.
After age 30
1. Women who have had three consecutive negative annual Pap tests can be rescreened every two to three years or;
2. Women can be screened every three years, but not more frequently, with the Pap test or liquid based cytology and HPV DNA test.
Over age 70
Women who have had three or more consecutive normal Pap tests documented and no abnormal Pap tests results in the last 10 years can stop cervical cancer screening.
Women who have had a hysterectomy with the removal of the cervix for benign reasons and no history of cervical cancer or cervical intraepithelial neoplasia may discontinue routine cervical cancer screening.
Women with HIV or other immunosuppressive conditions, women with cancer of the cervix or endometrium, women exposed before birth to diethylstilbestrol need to discuss screening options with their healthcare provider.
The information provided are guidelines and not meant to be used as medical advice or replace the advice of your health care provider. It is important to discuss cervical cancer with your health care provider.