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MAR 07, 2013 - Yahoo! News

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Less-frequent Pap smears may miss cancer precursors

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Certain types of cervical abnormalities that can lead to cancer may be missed when young women go years between Pap smears, a new study suggests. Last year, the government-backed U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said women under 21 don't need to be screened for cervical cancer and Pap smears can be done once every three years after that. Those guidelines broadly agreed with others released by the American Cancer Society, the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology and the American Society for Clinical Pathology. The new study's lead author, Dr. ...

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