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Cervical Dysplasia (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

The US Preventive Services Task Force has recommended the following screening policy for women regarding cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer screening:

  • Women should have their first Pap test at age 21 and should receive a Pap test every 3 years.
  • Women over age 30 may be screened every 5 years if an HPV test is performed along with the Pap smear.
  • Women over age 65 who have had at least three consecutive negative Pap tests or at least two negative HPV tests within the previous 10 years do not need to be screened.

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