Cervical cancer screenings are about to get much easier

The US Preventative Services Task Force is now recommending that women should be able to choose between getting an HPV test every five years or a Pap smear every three.

Women in the US aged 30 to 65 may soon have better access to screenings that can prevent a potentially-fatal cervical cancer diagnosis. New guidelines from an influential task force say women should be able to ask for a Pap smear every three years, rather than having to wait for five.And they say women should also be given the option to have their Pap smear and HPV testing done separately, since 'co-testing' often results in false alarms, and could lead to extreme, unnecessary operations.The ...