ONE of the ways to prevent cervical cancer is to conduct attacks such as pap smear examination. However, when the actual time is recommended to use this test?
According to the American Cancer Society, there are two tests used for cervical cancer screening. Pap smear is the most common, in which the doctor collects cells from the uterus during a pelvic examination and sent to a laboratory to determine whether there are cells that are not normal. And the second examination is HPV (Human Papillomavirus), the method checks to look for evidence of HPV infection, as reported by everydayhealth.
Most women who are young and healthy will clear the virus in the body naturally. And it rarely develops into cancer, so no need to worry or fear about the disease. Screening becomes important if you’re one of those with a high risk of sexual disease or any symptoms that lead to disease.
Guidelines for cervical cancer screening itself, has experienced a change of the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. Here’s a guide for you who want to undergo a pap smear.
– Women under the age of 21 years should not be screened.
– Screening with the Pap smear can be done routinely every three years for women aged 21 to 29 years.
– Pap smear test can be performed in combination with HPV testing. If the pap smear done every three years, HPV testing can be done every five years, with an age range of 30 to 65 years old woman.
– Screenng in women aged over 65 years was carried out only if they are at increased risk of cancer or they do not get routine screening before age 65 years.