Change in Frequency of Pap Smears

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Lauren Richardson is reminding her patients about the change in pap smears.

A pap smear screens for cervical cancer. About a year and a half ago, the guidelines were changed for cervical cancer screening.

The first pap should be at 21 years old. If your results are normal, a pap smear is recommended every three years until age 65.

A "well woman" physical exam is recommended every year.

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