Groups issue new guidelines for cervical cancer screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and a coalition of several medical organizations including the American Cancer Society have issued new guidelines on cervical cancer screening. According to the USPSTF recommendation, women ages 21 to 65 should have a Pap smear every three years, and women ages 30 to 65 who prefer less frequent screenings may instead have a Pap test and be screened for human papillomavirus (HPV) every five years. The USPSTF guidelines were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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