Thursday, October 27, 2011

#AskDrKK:Should I gift my grandmother at 75 a Pap test ?

The risk of cancer at this age is very low. The American Cancer Society recommends that Pap test screening be discontinued at age 70 in women who have had at least three normal Pap tests in the past 10 years and are not at increased risk for cervical cancer. The United States Preventive Services Task Force says that women at average risk for cervical cancer can stop Pap test screening at age 65. And according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, women at average risk can stop screening between the ages of 65 and 70.
The guideline doesn’t apply if a woman has tested positive for human papillomavirus or has been exposed to diethylstilbestrol in utero, or is HIV-positive or immune-compromised or otherwise at increased risk for cervical cancer.

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