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Some cancer screenings can confuse patients rather than clarify their health
Washington Post

The screening for cervical cancer, a Pap smear, gets the highest rating, and is recommended for women ages 21 to 65. Women 21 to 30 should get the Pap every three years; those 30 to 65 can go five years between Pap tests if they’ve had HPV testing.Younger women should skip the screening because the cancer is uncommon before then and the tests are not accurate for this age group. Women older than 65 don’t need to be tested provided they had regular screenings in their younger years.