Screen­ing for cer­vi­cal can­cer

The Prince George Citizen - - SPORTS - Lau­ran NEERGAARD

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.

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