23 August 2018 Social Media Post: New Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines.
Did you know that we also do Well Woman examinations at Santa Monica Primary Care? We do.
Did you know there are new national guidelines for Well Woman examinations? Probably not, since they came out today.
Since 2012, we have used two kinds of testing to screen for cervical cancer, cytology-based screening (known as the Pap test or Pap smear) and HPV testing. This has been referred to as ‘cotesting’ and these are performed at the same time.
Based on today’s recommendations, women aged 30 to 65 years can now choose primary high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) testing alone as one option for cervical cancer screening, according to guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published in JAMA. Women will notice that the frequency of screening is less often than they might be used to:
Options for screening for women 30-65 years include:
1. Primary HPV testing every 5 years (a preferred strategy)
2. Cervical cytology every 3 years (a preferred strategy)
3. Cotesting every 5 years (an alternative strategy)
For women aged 21 to 29, the national recommendation remains cytology (Pap test or Pap smear) every 3 years.
Screening is not recommended for women older than 65 who are not at high risk and have had adequate prior screening. It also is not recommended for women younger than 21. For women who have had a hysterectomy with cervix removal and who have not had high-grade precancerous lesions are also not recommended for screening.
And, if you didn’t know already, all of this can be done at Santa Monica Primary Care
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