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A woman who had a pap test every 5 years from the age of 30 found abnormal cells in her cervix at the age of 35.is it enough to treat those cells and have a pap test every 5 years?(eg-age 40,45,50,55,60,65?

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Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
No. By current guidelines (which not all gynecologists are comfortable with), it is adequate to do a pap with HPV testing every 5 years as long as the results are negative. Abnormal results however require additional testing, possible treatment, and annual testing for at least two years, depending on the specific abnormalities and test results.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
An abnormal PAP result warrants yearly testing. If three consecutive results are normal then the frequency may be reduced to every three years.
Last updated Jan 22, 2022


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