New Pap Smear Guidelines (Feat. Dr. Joanna Wilson)

Interview Dr. Joanna Wilson, ADC | KFDA, News Channel 10, Amarillo

Interview Dr. Joanna Wilson, ADC | KFDA, News Channel 10, Amarillo

Joanna Wilson, D. O. Internal Medicine specializing in Women's Health

Joanna Wilson, D. O.
Internal Medicine specializing in Women’s Health

Annual exams are now not really annual. The recommendations for Pap Smears have changed.

It’s recommended now that Pap Smear screening should start at age 21 and for most women, they can stop screening at age 65.

The reason for this is because the quality of Pap Smear screening has improved so much. No longer are we taking samples and smearing them on a slide to examine them. Now, they can take all the cells and examine them thoroughly with more sensitivity. Therefore, we can know that exams don’t have to be annual since the samples are quality. The samples are much better quality now then they once were.

The ability to reduce screening while increasing sensitivity is a unique thing in this day and age. It means you don’t have to be anxious about getting a Pap Smear once a year. For people who aren’t comfortable skipping their annual exam, by all means go to the annual exam to learn the other things you need such as blood pressure, weight and other things.

But the quality of the samples are so good now, and since we know so much more about the human papillomavirus – how it changes the cells an  what the timeline is  – we can, with very good science, say that screening every 3 years without the HPV add-on, or we can screen every 5 years with that test. We’re in good hands.

To learn more, visit http://www.ADPCA.com

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