Abnormal Pap Smear and Colposcopy
Pap smear – is an excellent screening tool for cervical cancer. It is recommended that women start screening at age 21. If you are healthy women, 21 to 65 years old, and without risk factors, it is recommended you have a pap smear every 3 years. After the age 30, an HPV (Human Papilloma Virus that can cause cervical cancer) test is added to the pap screen. Some women may need more-frequent Pap smears regardless of age if risk factors are present. Risk factors include a history of cervical cancer or pre cancer cells, recent abnormal Pap smear, exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES) before birth, HIV infection, a weakened immune system due to chemotherapy or chronic corticosteroid use or any other medications that affect the immune system.
You may be able to stop having pap smears if you are over age 65 and have been having regular and normal pap smears, or if had your cervix removed with a hysterectomy for benign (non-cancer) reasons and prior to your surgery had normal and regular pap smears. Please make an appointment to determine if you meet these criteria.
Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to discuss further in our Wellesley, MA office located minutes away from Boston, MA.
Conveniently located at Playhouse Square at the corner of Forest Street and Washington Street in Wellesley, MA.