Most older women don’t need the routine Pap tests used to check for cervical cancer.
There are exceptions, which I’ll get to in a minute. But since 2012 the United States Preventive Services Task Force, the American Cancer Society, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and other medical groups have recommended a Pap smear every three years until age 65. After that, low-risk women (those with a history of negative Pap tests and no previous cancer or precancerous lesions) can stop. Further testing “provides little to no benefits,” the task force said.
Full Article available here on The New York Times Blog.