In today’s Brazos Valley Physician’s Organization Journal of Medicine Report, Dr. Betty Acker reviews new pap smear guidelines.
A pap smear is a screening test to alert the health care provider- the physician- that there could be a problem or there could be a condition that warrants further evaluation or further investigation.
The new guidelines, instead of dealing with the treatments of the abnormal, the new guidelines took the opposite approach and they said, “Maybe we’re doing too much. We’re considering too many pap smears to be abnormal. Maybe it’s not going to have a long term effect and maybe we need to stop looking so hard and stop doing so many tests.” There are a great number of women who’ve never had an abnormal pap smear and never will. Why are we subjecting them to this screening test over and over again? There are some women that fall into a low risk screening category.
Those guidelines are broken up by ages and depending on what age you are, different criteria may apply to you. The other thing is your history; whether or not you’ve ever been treated for an abnormal pap smear in the past.
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