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Why You Should Still See Your GYN Every Year, Even If You Don’t Always Need a Pap

HOUSTON, TEXAS (July28, 2017)

Recently, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force officially recommended that women between the ages of 21 and 65 should have a pap smear every three years, and that women between the ages of 30 and 65 can go as long as five years between testing if they opt for both the pap test and testing for HPV (human papilloma virus), a virus that is known to cause up to 90 percent of all cervical cancers. While the Task Force’s recommendations summarize the overall evidence as it applies to the general population, the pap test is only one source that your doctor will consult in making health care recommendations, says Pamela Promecene, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist and professor with McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Houston and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.


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