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Who do not need to be screened for cancer or get a pelvic exam?

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A pelvic exam checks for illnesses in a woman’s uterus, vagina, bladder, rectum and other organs. But the test isn’t needed for women of any age who’ve had a hysterectomy and had their cervix removed, and who have no history of cervical cancer or advanced precancerous abnormalities.

Even if you don’t need a Pap smear every year, you should still have an annual gynecological exam to protect your health.

From: The Pelvic Exam and Menopause WebMD Medical Reference

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The National Women's Health Information Center.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

SOURCES:

The National Women's Health Information Center.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

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