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“No Need For Pap test every year”: Says American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society released new screening recommendations (14 March,2012) for the prevention and early detection of cervical cancer. Screenings are tests for women who have no symptoms of cervical cancer. Among the changes: the American Cancer Society no longer recommends that women get a Pap test every year. 

Screening (March 21, 2013)

Recommendations for Cervical Cancer Screening

The latest guidelines, from 6 working groups and a recent symposium cosponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Society for colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP), and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), bring physicians and patients up to date.

The new updated guidelines  include the following:

The ASCCP funded development of these guidelines.

As a rule, there are 2 types of tests used for cervical cancer screening.

The American Cancer Society regularly reviews the science and updates screening recommendations when new evidence suggests that a change may be needed. The latest recommendations are: 

In short, the American Cancer Society no longer recommends that women get a Pap test every year, because it generally takes much longer than that, 10 to 20 years, for cervical cancer to develop and overly frequent screening could lead to procedures that are not needed.


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