DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Annual Pap tests for women could potentially become a thing of the past.
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends a method that does not include the Pap test.
Dr. Michael Guy of Premier Health joined 2 NEWS to break down the changes.
Women between the ages of 30 and 65 who are not at high-risk for cervical cancer can opt to be screened with just the HPV test every five years.
They can also choose to have the HPV and Pap test together. However, women under 30 still need a Pap test every three years.
“We’re always trying to strike the right balance with offering what fits the local community resources, and the more options that are on the plate, the more screens that will be done. The more screens that are done, the less cancer there will be,” he said.
Worldwide, cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women.
Women with advanced cervical cancer may have abnormal bleeding and unusual vaginal discharge or pain.