The American Cancer Society and The American College of OB/GYN suggested that women who were not in the HIGH RISK group being pap smear screening at the age of 21 or within 3 years of first sexual activity and have a pap smear every 3 years, We strongly recommend that a YEARLY pap smear be taken starting around age 18 or upon sexual activity. This will help to stamp out cancer or at least diagnose it in its earliest stages when it is easiest to treat and when the cure rate is the highest.
Importance of Pap Smears
Every year thousands of new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed in the United States and the pap smear is our #1 diagnostic tool. If this cancer is found early enough it can be cured by simple methods and since screening has begun the number of cervical cancer cases in the United States have declined.
There are certain HIGH RISK FACTORS that studies have shown may increase a woman's chances of developing cervical cancer.
- Women who have intercourse before the age of 20.
- Women whose mothers took DES while pregnant with them.
- Women who have acquired viral bacterial infections through intercourse.
- Intercourse with many sexual partners.
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