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Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines with Dr. Linda Hipps

Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines with Dr. Linda Hipps
Andrew Schorr, host of Patient Power, discusses new guidelines for the detection of cervical cancer with Dr. Linda Hipps, Director of Pre-Invasive Disease at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Dr. Hipps explains that since cervical cancer does not progress rapidly, the annual paps tests are no longer necessary, and she discourages women from being screened before the age of 21. If a pap test returns abnormal results, women should have a colposcopic evaluation to determine if there is evidence of cervical cancer. Dr. Hipps also shares the guidelines for pap smear screenings of women 65 and older.