More Choices Offered In New Guidelines For Cervical Cancer Testing

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- New guidelines give women choices for cervical cancer testing that depend on their age.

The pap test was once recommended for all women once a year. But many major medical groups have long said that a Pap test every three years is the best way to screen most women, starting at age 21 and ending at 65.

The U.S. guidelines released Wednesday say women can stick to the every-three-years plan. Or they can add a second test for the cancer-causing HPV virus beginning at age 30. If both tests are negative, they can get checked every five years instead.

The guidelines stress that routine HPV screening is not for women younger than 30.

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