Confused about when to get your next Pap test?
Gone are the days of annual Pap testing. In 2012, the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) released new cervical cancer screening guidelines. Here's what you need to know:
AGE 21: First Pap test and then every 3 years until age 29
AGE 30-65: Pap test with human papilloma virus (HPV) test is recommended every 5 years
NO MORE PAP TESTS IF: You're over age 65 and have had regular screenings for the last 10 years with no abnormal results in the last 20 years OR your cervix was surgically removed due to a non-cancerous condition
WHY IS SCREENING SO IMPORTANT?
- Most cervical cancer is caused by HPV.
- Pap and HPV tests can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early.
QUESTIONS? Call Gundersen's Cervical Cancer Screening nurses at (608) 775-2966.