Choosing Wisely:

Don’t screen women older than 65 years for cervical cancer who have had adequate prior screening and are not otherwise at high risk for cervical cancer.

Rationale and Comments: There is adequate evidence that screening women older than 65 years for cervical cancer who have had adequate prior screening and are not otherwise at high risk provides little to no benefit.
Sponsoring Organizations:
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Sources:
  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
  • Disciplines:
  • Oncologic
  • Gynecologic
  • Preventive Medicine
  • References: • American Academy of Family Physicians. Screening for cervical cancer policy. http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/clinical/ exam/cervicalcancer.html
    • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for cervical cancer. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/ uspscerv.htm.
    • Vesco KK, et al. Screening for cervical cancer: a systematic evidence review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Rockville, Md.: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2011. http://preview.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bookshelf/booktest/ br.fcgi?book=es86.

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