Annual cervical cancer screening may be unneeded

August 18, 2011 2:48:53 PM PDT
A new federal study shows most doctors opt to screen women for cervical cancer more often than guidelines suggest.

Recommendations generally call for a three-year wait after normal results from a pap and HPV test.

But a report in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology finds doctors continue to order annual screenings.

Researchers say there are downsides of too-frequent testing. They include: excess costs, pain and the inconvenience of extra trips to the doctor's office.

Researchers say women should talk to their physicians especially if they think they are being screened too often.

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