After the recent controversy over new breast cancer screening guidelines, the recommendations issued today by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to do fewer Pap tests to screen for cervical cancer may seem like another blow to women's health.
But the truth is, it isn't.
The new guidelines from the ACOG recommend the following:
All women should begin receiving a Pap test at age 21. Previously, the recommendation was that women begin Pap tests at age 18.