The Smilow Screening & Prevention Program is aligned with the American Cancer Society guideline for Cervical Cancer early detection.
Who should be screened for Cervical Cancer?
All women at age 21 to 29 should have a Pap test every 3 years. HPV (Human Papillomavirus) testing screening in this age group may be used as a part of follow up for an abnormal Pap test.
Beginning at age 30 until age 65, the preferred way to screen is with a Pap test combined with an HPV test every 5 years or every 3 years with just the Pap test.
Women who are at high risk of cervical cancer, have been diagnosed with cervical cancer, cervical pre-cancer, or HIV infection should follow the recommendations of their health care team.
Women over 65 years of age who have had regular screening in the previous 10 years should stop cervical cancer screening as long as they haven’t had any serious pre-cancers (like CIN2 or CIN3) found in the last 20 years. Women with a history of CIN2 or CIN3 should continue to have testing for at least 20 years after the abnormality was found.
Women who have had a total hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and cervix) should stop screening with Pap tests and HPV tests, unless the hysterectomy was for treatment for cervical pre-cancer (or cancer). Women who have had a hysterectomy without removal of the cervix (called a supracervical hysterectomy) should continue cervical cancer screening according to the guidelines above.
Women of any age should not be screened every year by any screening test unless the result has been abnormal*.
* Women who have abnormal screening results may need to have a follow up Pap test (sometimes with a HPV test) done in 6 months or a year.
Even if you have been vaccinated against HPV, you should still follow these guidelines.
Even if you have stopped having children, you should still follow these guidelines.