Navigating cervical cancer screening guidelines by Dr. Pettit
The incidence of cancer in the US has declined by over 50% in the past 30 years. The addition of HPV testing continues to change the screening guidelines.
Pap screening in the mainstay for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cervical dysplasia before it becomes cervical cancer.
Current Pap screening guidelines:
Remember, you still need screening even if you have been vaccinated against HPV. You also need screening if you have had a hysterectomy and cervix was not removed.
There are exceptions to these guidelines.
Even if you are not due for a Pap test, you should still see your provider for an annual well women exam.
At this visit, you can discuss birth control, vaccinations, health screening, preconception care, menopause concerns and reproductive health.