As patients age health screenings become a routine part of the lives of both men and women. For patients under 30 years of age new guidelines for cervical cancer screening changing to every three years could make it harder to remember to actually have the screenings performed. Dr. O’Toole explains to breast augmentation patients the importance of women’s health including breast health. Patients with breast implants or those who have had a breast reduction should follow the guidelines of the American Cancer Society. These guidelines include but are not limited to monthly breast self exams and annual mammograms after 40 years of age. Screening guidelines are always subject to change. Patients should ask their doctor for specific recommendations.
According to KTLA Women 30 and older who’ve been told they can safely wait three years between cervical cancer screenings can relax. Such advice appears to be true for those who’ve had normal Pap smears and negative human papillomavirus (HPV) test results.
A new study of more than 300,000 women confirms current guidelines that say women don’t need to be screened every year for the disease. The study also suggests that the HPV test alone might be better at assessing future risk of cervical cancer than a Pap smear alone — and almost as accurate as combining the two screenings.
The results are to be presented at a meeting of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in June.
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