New Guidelines for Pap Smears

Dr. Jacques Moritz on the new recommendations for tests every three years.
3:00 | 10/21/11

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The US preventative services task force has released some new guidelines for cervical cancer screening. And as a result annual cancer tests may become a thing of the past. Joining us to break down the latest information on what you need to know with ABC news medical contributor doctor we're stuck emirates vacancies and get in there I think it's great to be back feel good sitting in this seat again. Now tell what the new guidelines -- that's the most important thing. So all women watching right now now they have the -- in every year for their annual and annual to everyone watching is -- breast exam a pelvic exam and a pap smear. OK right. What they're talking about now is you don't need that pap smear every year you needed every. Three years. He still -- annual so people are scratching their head well I don't -- pat what do you really gonna do so. What other tests that it has those like I said you're doing -- pell -- to make sure there's no -- and you're doing a breast exam a lot of people are in grains to do this in the year. Now this sounds a little bit like in this little -- have now here we heard the mammogram recommendation prostate and He let's out. We -- -- -- beyond all of that Clinton is anything there's there's no sinister is being behind -- there is a task force that. Is made of non GY and so they're not buys a GS sit down with the cold hard data and look at and say you know what. You'd -- we'd be doing too much right. There's too much testing yes the past they had saved millions of people's lives and it does prevent cervical cancer from happening they say. Most of the cervical cancers in this country now from women that don't do testing -- all right so doing more testing of the people that are already going so frequently. Cost a lot of money needs to a lot of false positives leads to stress and anxiety in the patient. Leads to biopsies and leads to perceived. OK because that was going to be my next question to you who cares if you get an extra tested that you -- it makes you feel better well. -- is making to voters fine but what about if I call and say old you know -- -- few abnormal cells and you like you don't even hear from 95% what I said. You hear abnormal and -- cancer and you start making that you will. That's not the case -- are trying to back off on that. The other thing is we know what causes cervical cancer it's HPV the human capital on the virus and we know. That it slowly progresses and we now know that. If -- negative. And got to be do you get to HPV. He would take at least five years to go to something that cancer but even -- house I think that three years. They can handle it so there isn't the insurance companies are behind that their interest goodies are behind this and I'm surprised that the insurance companies haven't said we're not gonna pay for the past and I think that's what's coming from think that says the problem is. It's really hard damaging -- it's really hard. Women have been this has been in rain from the days that appear yeah you need daddy pretty -- and. We've done a great job of -- that -- decision but now we have to backtrack and we can't do it -- confusing way because there's all these limitations. You know if you had an abnormal -- He -- to -- more frequently and -- a lot of disclaimers. But if you. If you would still like to get your pap every year can you do that as of right now cast yes -- about what happens what happens if I tell you do. You know. -- you couldn't tell me I want my -- this year and as we don't you don't need one for three years and are you willing to pay for. I. Ten down someone angry at thankful yes this -- thank you your recommendations right right recommendations it. Implying it and putting him in practice that may not be -- you know -- Yorkers say about the false positives and that's one of the reasons. The guidelines to change right why can't they just improved the test -- that's -- Everybody wants that right they came up with this HPV testing which we thought was going to be good they came up with liquid technology -- the past -- -- -- -- This report says both of those useless right. So you know what they really need is something we're winning can actually do this themselves without coming to that doctors were working on -- -- the noise like a pregnancy -- right almost like a pregnancy test or something like Tampa where you knew that she -- in and had to check the rapid. Now -- is what exactly is the recommended age than for the first. So first -- everyone it is -- -- agree on this record 21 years old OK whether you sexually active -- -- that clears up that one and the other thing is stopping at 65. That's kind of knew anything at all if you -- you -- have been normal no more -- at 65 that's going to be a hard one. People -- and this was easy if you've had a hysterectomy you don't need more -- that's new. Also incidents like that he's still only become an every year 2000 to Atlanta come in for the annual granules -- -- -- threats very good information thank you so much I could be that.

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