Cervical cancer screening exams help find cervical cancer at an early stage. When found early, the chances for successfully treating the disease are greatest.
Along with regular exams, practice awareness. This means you should be familiar with your body. That way you’ll notice changes, like irregular bleeding or discharge. Then, report them to your doctor without delay.
Make sure you get a well-woman checkup every year even if you don’t need a screening exam. If you’ve had the HPV vaccine, you still need to be screened.
The screening recommendations and guidelines below apply to most women.
Age 21 to 29
Age 30 to 64
Age 65 or older
Exams for women who have had a hysterectomy
If you’ve have had a hysterectomy, but have not had cervical cancer or severe cervical dysplasia, it is recommended that you:
Exams for women at increased risk
Women at increased risk have a higher chance of getting cervical cancer. This doesn’t mean you’ll definitely get cancer. But, you may need to start screening at an earlier age, get additional tests or be tested more often. You’re at increased risk for cervical cancer if you fall under one or more of these groups.