Do Women 65 – 69 Still Need Pap Tests?
University of Maryland in Baltimore
The government has suggested that regular PAP testing be stopped at age 65. Ready for this? If we account for women who have had hysterectomies (which the government most surely does), then the rate of cervical cancer in the US is 11.7 cases per 100,000 women. However, if we take out those who no longer have a cervix and reevaluate, the incidence then rises to 27.4 cases/100,000 in white women and 53/100,000 in blacks. Nearly a decade ago, another group of researchers found that such a correction resulted in a higher prevalence of the disease in the United States (Ann Epidemiol. 2006;16:880-887). Yet the government still says NO to PAP testing!
Since there was only a small decrease in these number after age 69, the question is-just when DO we stop screening for cervical cancer?
If you currently do not have a gynecologist, and want to be checked, Dr. Daniela Kassabov is available to do your PAP testing in our office.