Cervical Cancer Screening - Topic Overview
Women who have gone through
menopause have an increased risk of
false-positive Pap test results. For this reason,
postmenopausal women with previous normal Pap tests may be advised to have Pap
tests less frequently than every year.1
After any abnormal Pap test, your doctor will recommend
follow-up to monitor the cell changes.
Cervical cells can be
collected by several different methods during a Pap test. Some experts believe
that the type of collection method can help determine how often screening
should occur. Research on these collection methods continues.
more information, see the topics Abnormal Pap Test, Cervical Cancer, and Pap