Cancer of the cervix is screened for through the use of the Pap smear. The following recommendations are from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
It is recommended that women age 21 to 65 years old be screened every 3 years.
For women age 30-65 years old who would like to lengthen the screening interval, the pap smear can be combined with human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every 5 years. This virus is the cause for most cervical cancers.
It is not recommended that women younger than 21 years old be screened for cervical cancer.
It is not recommended that women older than 65 years old be screened for cervical cancer if they have already had adequate prior screening and are not at high risk for cervical cancer.
Screening for cervical cancer is not recommended for women who have had a hysterectomy with the removal of the cervix and who do not have a history of a high-grade precancerous lesion or cervical cancer.
Of course, each patient has unique needs so the decision for screening tests can be individualized. Feel free to discuss your concerns with Dr. Lucas.