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New cervical cancer screening guidelines

Posted: 9:25 AM, Aug 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-23 10:55:25-04

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has new guidelines on screenings for cervical cancer. 

The recommendations, published in the journal JAMA, could make Pap smears a thing of the past for women over 30 years old.

Women ages 30-65 can now get a human papillomavirus (HPV) test every five years, a Pap test every three years or a combination of both tests every five years.

In the past, it was recommended women in this age bracket get a Pap smear every three years.

Women under 30 should still get Pap smears every three years.