November 22, 2009

Pap Smears at 21?

On the heels of controversial new theories on breast cancer screenings comes another expert report, saying women can start pap smears at 21 and have them once every two years instead of yearly checkups.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists handed down these new recommendations strictly by coincidence right after the unrelated breast cancer report. This pap smear report says that cervical cancer grows slowly enough that yearly checkups are not needed in that age range, and you can coordinate with your doctor to check one every two years instead. But many still worry that the medical establishment is just trying to cut corners with our health care, especially with these two similar reports coming out at once. For full details see below:

Pap Smears at 21?

Most women in their 20s can have Pap smears at 21, and every two years instead of annually, say new guidelines that conclude that's enough to catch slow-growing cervical cancer. This is controversial as there have been widespread concerns that the government is trying to cut health costs by limiting cancer screening for women...

Pap Smears at 21?

Posted at November 22, 2009 5:44 AM

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