Recently, the American Cancer Society updated its guidelines with regard to screening for cervical cancer. The organization now recommends that women begin screening at the age of 21 and that they undergo Pap tests every three years until the age of 29. Following that, women are advised to undergo both Pap tests and HPV screenings every five years until the age of 65.
You can hear more about these updated guidelines by watching this video. You’ll learn under which circumstances women might cease screening and why screening too frequently may actually be harmful. Remember that these are general guidelines; you can talk to your physician to establish a screening schedule that is right for your unique needs.
Fawcett Memorial Hospital provides women throughout Punta Gorda, North Port, and Port Charlotte with comprehensive women’s services at every stage of life. You can visit our website to learn more or call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1599.