Researchers suggest longer wait between gynecological exams

05/18/2011 | Google

A U.S. study that followed 331,818 women found that the five-year risk of cervical cancer in those who had normal Pap smear and negative results for human papillomaviruses was "very low," suggesting that women over 30 could get gynecological tests every three years instead of annually. Researchers also said that HPV tests alone "identified more women at high risk for cervical cancer than Pap tests" and would be "enough to give a high level of security for extending the testing interval to every three years."

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