Ask Dr. Marie: Less Frequent Pap Tests May Be Good for Women

Women who have had a hysterectomy for cancer should continue with regular Pap testing. The vulvar, vaginal and, rarely, anal tissues can also develop precancerous cell changes and even cancer from high risk strains of HPV.

Women who remain sexually active should continue to be checked regularly, although most experts agree that if Pap tests remain negative, they could be stopped by age 65 or so.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and suggestions.

Dr. Marie Savard is an ABC News medical contributor and author of "Ask Dr. Marie: Straight Talk and Reassuring Answers to Your Most Private Questions."

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