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Most Women Need Pap Test Only Every 3 Years, U.S. Preventive Service Task Force Reveals


3/16/2012 7:27:39 AM

The annual Pap smear may soon be a thing of the past, since new guidelines issued Wednesday say that most women need the cervical-cancer screening only once every three years. In its first update since 2003, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) said a yearly Pap smear isn't necessary for women aged 21 to 65, and that women younger than 21 don't need the test at all because evidence indicates screening doesn't lower cervical-cancer rates or deaths in this youngest group.

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