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The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommended Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines for the Pap Test
In 2012, Alan G. Waxman, MD, of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque stated that "the tradition of doing a Pap test every year has not been supported by recent scientific evidence." He supported that a review of evidence demonstrated that screening at less frequent intervals for cervical cancer is just as effective, has decreased costs, and avoids unnecessary and sometimes harmful interventions.
Cervical cancer is a slow growing cancer caused by certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), an extremely common sexually transmitted disease among women and men. Many of those who have died from cervical cancer in the US were screened infrequently or not at all. Therefore, new screening recommendations were made for cervical cancer prevention by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecogists (ACOG) in 2012.
AGOG Screening Guidelines:
Do I Still Need to See My Healthcare Provider for a Yearly GYN Exam?
It is important to realize that your yearly Gyn Exam includes more than just a Pap Test! In addition to a breast, thyroid and heart and lung exam, the pelvic exam includes looking at the vulva and vagina, as well as feeling the uterus and ovaries. The annual Gyn Exam is also every woman's preventive health screening where early education, screening and intervention can make a big difference! Your gynecologist considers everything from contraception, sexuality education, and routine screening for sexually transmitted infection to menopause, breast problems and osteoporosis screening and treatment. Even though cervical screenings may not be required annually, women still need to have a yearly gynecologic exam to review their individual preventive health issues and to rule out any problems with their reproductive organs.
These exams can uncover problems such as:
Be sure to discuss these recommendations with your healthcare provider.
Information provided by:
Ob/Gyn Department, Chester County Hospital
Last Updated: 1/13/2015