SECOND OPINION: Pap Test: Do You Need One?


Most women who see a gynecologist have become accustomed to the annual Pap smear, the standard cervical-cancer screening tool. But, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the test produces nearly 3 million abnormal results a year--yet only 13,000 cases of cervical cancer occur yearly--leading to needless anxiety or invasive, potentially harmful procedures. So the ACS has revised its screening guidelines and now recommends fewer tests or none at all for certain women. Those over 30 who have had three normal Pap smears in a row can scale back to once every two or three years, unless they have such risk...

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