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How often should I have a pap test?

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Talk to your doctor about how often you should have one. Most women between ages 21 and 29 should get it every 3 years. If you are between 30 and 64, you can add a test for high-risk HPV and move your testing to every 5 years. Or, continue testing every three years with just a Pap smear. If you’re older than that, you may be able to stop testing if you have not had any abnormal Pap smears during routine screening.

From: What Is Cervical Cancer? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Cervical Cancer is Preventable;” “Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Questions and Answers;” and “What Should I Know About Screening?”

American Cancer Society: “Cervical Cancer: Detailed Guide”  and “HPV and HPV Testing.”

Mayo Clinic. “Cervical Cancer.”

Office on Women’s Health. “Pap Test.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 21, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Cervical Cancer is Preventable;” “Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Questions and Answers;” and “What Should I Know About Screening?”

American Cancer Society: “Cervical Cancer: Detailed Guide”  and “HPV and HPV Testing.”

Mayo Clinic. “Cervical Cancer.”

Office on Women’s Health. “Pap Test.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 21, 2018

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