Pap Smears for Women: New Guidelines

November 21st, 2009 by DrToniBrayer in Better Health Network, News Right in the middle of the national firestorm about Mammogram recommendations, the American College of Gynecologists (ACOG) has issued new guidelines for screening of cervical cancer. After 40 years of successfully convincing women to get pap smears annually, the new recommendations say women should not get their first pap test until age 21 and the intervals for testing can then be stretched out. In summary, the new guidelines recommend: •Start pap smears at age 21 regardless of prior sexual activity (no need at all in virgins). •Test every 2 years to age 30 •After age 30, test every 3 years if prior tests are normal •Stop at age 65 if

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