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Cervical Cancer

A Pap Test is a procedure to collect cells from the surface of the cervix and vagina. A new method called a liquid Pap test involves placing the cells in a liquid before they are placed on a slide.


  • Women should receive a Pap test starting within 3 years after becoming sexually active, or no later than age 21
  • Screening should be done every 2 to 3 years. Talk to your doctor about the best interval for your screenings
  • Women who have had a total hysterectomy for reasons unrelated to cancer do not need a Pap test
  • Women aged 60 or older should talk to their doctor about whether a Pap test is necessary


Learn more about cervical cancer screening

Still have questions?

The nurses at Cancer AnswerLine™ have answers. Call 1-800-865-1125 and you'll get a personal response from one of our registered nurses, who have years of experience in caring for people with cancer.