The Virginia Department of Health's Cancer Prevention and Control Program is working to ease the burden of cancer in Virginia through the development, implementation, and promotion of evidence-based strategies to prevent and control cancer.
Recommendations for screening for cervical cancer were updated in March 2012. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for cervical cancer in women ages 21 to 65 years with cytology (Pap smear) every 3 years or, for women ages 30 to 65 years who want to lengthen the screening interval, screening with a combination of cytology and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every 5 years. You can read more about the recommendations here.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force has updated itâ€™s recommendations