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Oklahoma public health officials are recommending that all women should start to have regular annual Pap smears before they turn 21 or three years after their start sexually activity. After they turn 30, women need only have a Pap smear every three years if they have had 3 or more normal Pap smears in a row. Once women reach 70, they may cease having Pap smears if they have had 3 or more normal Pap smears and no abnormal results in the last decade. Pap smears can also be stopped in women who have had a total hysterectomy unless it was for cervical cancer or treatment of pre-cancerous stage. Annual Pap smears are also recommended in women with risk factors such as diethylstilbestrol exposure prior to birth, HIV infection, compromised immune system or chronic steroid use.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Pryor Daily Times
About: Cervical cancer screening recommendations detailed
Date: 24 January 2005
Source: Pryor Daily Times
Author: Hope White
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