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What should women 60 and older know about pelvic exams and Pap smears?

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Many women over 60 still need regular pelvic exams and Pap smears. Older women can get cervical cancer or vaginal cancer. A pelvic exam can spot problems like incontinence. Pap smears are recommended for women every 3 years up to age 65. Or you can combine a Pap with a human papillomavirus (HPV) scan every 5 years. You can stop your Pap smears after age 65, unless you have factors that raises your chances for cervical cancer.

From: Medical Tests for Your 60s and Up WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

American Heart Association: "Heart-Health Screenings."

National Cancer Institute: "Tests to Detect Colorectal Cancer and Polyps."

CDC: "Gynecologic Cancers: What Should I Know About Screening?"

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Quick Statistics."

American Diabetes Association: "Executive Summary: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes -- 2014."

CDC: "Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries Are Preventable."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

American Heart Association: "Heart-Health Screenings."

National Cancer Institute: "Tests to Detect Colorectal Cancer and Polyps."

CDC: "Gynecologic Cancers: What Should I Know About Screening?"

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Quick Statistics."

American Diabetes Association: "Executive Summary: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes -- 2014."

CDC: "Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries Are Preventable."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

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