Nightly News   |  October 22, 2012

New Pap smear guidelines

The annual test for cervical cancer and HPV is now only deemed necessary once every three to five years, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> and as we mentioned there is important news about women's health that may come as a surprise to many women who get one of the most common and important medical tests every year. a pap smear to screen for cervical cancer . tonight, new recommendations from the american college . they say most women age 21-65 can wait three to five years between pap tests as long as there is no sign of a problem. also, for the first time, the doctors advise that starting at the age of 30, women should also get tested for hpv when they get their pap test .