Poll: Do You Recommend Yearly Pap Tests to Patients Aged 30-60 With Prior Negative Result?

August 30, 2011

A recent study by Katherine Roland and colleagues from the CDC has found that a majority doctors are still recommending yearly Pap tests to screen for cervical cancer.

A recent study by Katherine Roland and colleagues from the CDC has found that a majority doctors are still recommending yearly Pap tests to screen for cervical cancer. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists revised its guidelines in 2009 to the following:

• Women aged 21 to 30 should be screened every 2 years instead of annually, using either the standard Pap test or liquid-based cytology.
• Women aged 30 years and older who have had 3 consecutive negative cervical cytology test results may be screened once every 3 years with either the Pap test or liquid-based cytology.
• Women with certain risk factors may need more frequent screening, including those who have HIV, are immunosuppressed, were exposed to diethylstilbestrol (DES) in utero, and have been treated for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) 2, CIN 3, or cervical cancer.

 

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