ACP releases advice for the proper time, test, and interval for cervical cancer screening

30 abril 2015

Clinical advice has been presented aimed at reducing overuse of cervical cancer screening in average risk women without symptoms. The advice suggests that physicians should start screening average risk women for cervical cancer at age 21 once every three years with cytology tests alone. Physicians may use a combination of cytology and HPV (human papillomavirus) testing once every five years in average risk women age 30 and older who prefer screening less often than every three years. Physicians should stop screening average risk women older than 65 years for cervical cancer who have had three consecutive negative cytology results or two consecutive negative cytology plus HPV test results within 10 years with the most recent test performed within five years.