Pap test for woman in 40s

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-08-2008
Pap test for woman in 40s
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Tue, 08-06-2013 - 11:21am

I am just wondering how often a woman in her 40s and 50s needs to get a pap test done. I havenot been to the gyn in years and thought maybe I needed to start going at some point for mamalgrams and stuff.

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Registered: 10-08-2002
Fri, 08-16-2013 - 11:00pm

Hello!  If you are low risk (abstinent or in a long term relationship) I believe the recommendation is every 3 years for women 21 to 65 years of age.  If you are a higher risk for cervical cancer and HPV, every year.   

Here is a helpful link:

http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/basic_info/screening.htm

Hope that helps!

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