At what patient age should physicians stop recommending Pap smears?
At what patient age should physicians stop recommending Pap smears? Evidence-Based Answer: Cervical cancer screening should be stopped at age 65 in women who have been adequately screened. Screening beyond that age results in high numbers of false-positive tests, specifically detection of low-grade cervical cytological abnormalities that will not result in cervical dysplasia (SOR: B, observational trials). The most recent guidelines by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) states that screening should continue beyond age 65 in women not adequately screened (SOR: B, evidence-based guideline).
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