Our Take on the Latest Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines
The American Cancer Society recently updated its guidelines on cervical cancer screening, recommending that women start screenings at age 25 instead of 21. As of now, neither the American College of Gynecologists (ACOG) or ASCCP, the national organization of healthcare professionals committed to improving health through prevention and management of HPV-related diseases, has issued updates or changes in their recommendations for cervical cancer screening.
“Unless we hear of a similar change from the other societies, we will continue to offer cervical cancer screening starting at age 21,” said Dr. Erin Stevens. “If you have questions about the best age for this or any other screenings, please reach out. We are always happy to share our insights and recommendations.”
The American Cancer Society now recommends screenings starting at a slightly later age, based on increased use of vaccinations and lower incidence of cervical cancer in women in their early 20s. Other key organizations continue to recommend a first screening at age 21, continuing through age 65. In addition, ASCCP just launched a new app with updated guidelines that take a more individualized approach to screenings and management.