You don’t necessarily need to have a routine exam every year. But keep in mind that:
- Regular screenings are essential to early detection
- Early detection means higher possibility of treatment
Below are our recommendations for screenings for “well” patients.
How often should patients with a cervix get cervical cancer screenings?
We recommend regular cervical cancer screenings:
- For people 21-29: every 3 years
- For people 30-65: a Pap smear combined with an HPV test every 5 years
- People older than 65 with normal results in all Pap smears and HPV test results for the previous 10 years can stop cervical cancer screenings
How often should patients with breasts get breast exams?
We recommend regular breast exams:
- For people 21-39: every 1-3 years
- For people 40 and older: once every year
How often should patients who are sexually active get screened for sexually transmitted infections?
We recommend screening for sexually transmitted infections for anyone who has oral, vaginal, or anal sex or genital skin-to-skin contact with another person.