Should HPV Test Replace the Pap Smear?

And, rather than have an annual Pap test, most women need to be screened every other year or less, depending on their age, according to the new guidelines.

Cervical cancer rates have dropped more than 50 percent in the last 30 years in the United States, according to the guidelines. That decline has been largely attributed to widespread use of the Pap test.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on cervical cancer screening.

SOURCES: Mark Einstein, M.D., gynecologic, oncologist and director of clinical research, Montefiore Medical Center, New York City; Jay Brooks, M.D., chairman, hematology/oncology, Ochsner Health System, Baton Rouge, La.; Jan. 19, 2010, The Lancet Oncology, online

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