Many women in the U.S. get this test annually, which examines cervical cells for abnormalities that may lead to cervical cancer. But it’s unnecessary, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Cancer Society.
If you’re between age 30 and 65, get a Pap test every three years or every five if you have a human papilloma virus at the same time with negative results. You can stop after age 65 if you’ve had three normal Pap tests in a row or you no longer have a cervix.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health October 2017
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