Screening for cervical cancer
WASHINGTON – Getting checked for cervical cancer isn’t one-size-fits-all. Draft guidelines released this week show age makes a difference.
The Pap test, a mainstay for women’s health for decades, still is recommended for women in their 20s.
The proposed new guidelines would let women 30 and older choose between the Pap or a newer test that detects if they have the HPV virus that causes most cervical cancer. If the HPV test finds no trouble, women could wait five years to be re-tested, compared to getting a Pap every three years.
If the guidelines are finalized, older women could decide which test best fits their health needs.