Health Trivia: How Often Should Women Get a Pap Test?

Cervical cancer

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Question 1
Pap test

Trivia question: According to the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), how often should women 21 to 65 get a pap smear test to screen for cervical cancer?
Every year
Every 3 years
Every 4 years
Every 5 years
Question 1 Explanation: 
The USPSTF recommends that women age 21 to 65 years get a Pap smear test every three years to screen for cervical cancer. If found early, cervical cancer can be treated very successfully. The number of deaths from cervical cancer has gone down since widespread use of the Pap smear test began.

During a Pap smear test, the woman lies on her back and places her feet in stirrups. The doctor then inserts an instrument called a speculum into the vagina. The doctor collects cells from the cervix, and then sends the cells to a lab for examination. Talk to your doctor about when you should get your next Pap smear test.
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