What Can You Do to Lower Your Chance of Getting Cervical Cancer?
Most of the time, early cervical cancer has no symptoms. And, precancerous conditions can be completely cured when followed up and treated properly. Your health care provider can also do tests to find early changes that may lead to cancer, or to find cervical cancer in the early stages.
When Should You Have a PAP Smear?
|Women ages 21 – 29||Pap Smear Every 3 Years|
|Women ages 30 – 65||
Pap Smear Every 3 Years, OR
Pap Smear and HPV Test Every 5 Years
|Women ages 65 through 70||Can stop having Pap Smears as long as you have had 3 normal tests in the past 10 years|
|You or your sexual partner has other or new partners||Pap Smear Every 3 Years|
|Women who have been treated for pre-cancer (cervical dysplasia)||Continue to have Pap Smears for 20 years after treatment or until age 65, whichever is longer|
Talk with your provider about how often you should have a Pap smear.
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