One of the new ACOG (American College of Gynecology) guidelines has recommended that women with no prior high risk pap smears can add an HPV DNA test to their pap smear. If both are negative, then women can avoid these tests yearly. Instead, they only need these cervical screening tests once every three years. Good news for many women!
This does NOT mean women can avoid their gynecological visits yearly. Women’s health needs can change. Women still need breast exams, pelvic exams and a discussion on new research in the areas of hormones, medications (if on them), and changes in personal and family health history that may require other screening tests. Evaluation for ovarian cancer is one test that needs to be done in the office. Read more…
HealthDay – SATURDAY, Sept. 22 (HealthDay News) — Ovarian cancer, the
“silent killer,” may not always be so silent, experts say….