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Cervical Cancer Screening

Cervical cancer screenings imageCervical cancer screening can either be a Pap test done in a doctor's office and/or through a High Risk (HR) HPV test usually done at the same time as the Pap test. 

Women should start cervical cancer screening at age 21.

Women ages 21 to 29 years should have a Pap test every three years.

Women ages 30 to 65 years should get a Pap test and a HR HPV test every five years (or just a Pap test every three years).

Women older than 65 should talk to their healthcare provider about the need to keep screening. 

No Health Insurance? No Problem. 

The Cancer Services Program of the Finger Lakes Region can pay for cervical cancer screenings for women ages 40 and older without health insurance. Call us to learn more about getting screened at (585) 224-3070. Outside of Monroe County? Call 1-877-803-8070.

Did You Know? 

Most cervical cancers are caused by HPV. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. HPV causes most cervical cancers. The HPV vaccine can prevent HPV and the cancers caused by HPV. Both men and women can get HPV and HPV-related cancers. That's why the HPV vaccine is recommended for girls and boys ages 11 and 12, and can be as early as age 9. 

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