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Health Observance: January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical cancer screening is used to find changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to cancer. Screening includes the Pap test and, for some women, testing for human papillomavirus (HPV). You should start having Pap tests every 3 years beginning at age 21 years. At age 30 years until age 65 years, you can have co-testing—a Pap test and a test for HPV—every 5 years (preferred) or a Pap test alone every 3 years. You can stop having cervical cancer screening at age 65 years depending on your health history and results of previous cervical cancer screening tests.

For more information, go to PFS004: New Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening