What are the age-specific screening recommendations for cervical cancer?

Updated: Feb 12, 2019
  • Author: Cecelia H Boardman, MD; Chief Editor: Warner K Huh, MD  more...
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Screening recommendations for specific patient age groups are as follows [1, 2, 3, 4] :

  • < 25 years – No screening recommended

  • 21-29 years – Cytology (Pap smear) alone every 3 years

  • 30-65 years – Human papillomavirus (HPV) and cytology cotesting every 5 years (preferred) or cytology alone every 3 years (acceptable)

  • >65 years – No screening recommended if adequate prior screening has been negative and high risk is not present


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