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Doctors Spread Word on New Pap Smear Guidelines

Doctors are trying to spread the word about new guidelines for pap smears. Women don't need them as often as once advised.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Doctors are trying to spread the word about new guidelines for pap smears.

Women don't need them as often as once advised.

It was recommended that women get a pap smear once a year, if they haven't had any abnormal testing.

One of the things doctors checked for when conducting a pap smear was the HPV virus, which could cause cervical cancer.

Now, doctors can test for the virus without a pap smear, and women don't need to get an exam that often.

"Well, they recommend it every three years, which is what I'm doing right now on routine patients, unless they've had abnormal pap smears in the past. Or, if they've had some sort of surgery for Cervical Cancer then they probably need to have pap smears more frequently than that," said Dr. Robert Corder, OB-GYN at Heartland Hospital.

Dr. Corder will talk more about the new guidelines, and the history of cervical cancer, Thursday night at East Hills Library at 7 p.m.
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