Group recommends less frequent pap testing for most women

New recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists” that “say most women age 21-65 can wait three to five years between pap tests as long as there is no sign of a problem.”

The AP reports that “for healthy women ages 30 to 65, the preferred check is a Pap plus a test for the cancer-causing HPV virus, the group concluded. If both show everything’s fine, they can wait five years for further screening.”

These guidelines “agree with advice issued earlier this year by a government panel, the American Cancer Society and other medical groups – showing growing consensus that it’s safe for the right women to wait longer between Paps.”

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