Delaying pap test screening in the adolescent population: An evidence-based approach


Cervical cancer screening guidelines have evolved significantly over the past ten years in the adolescent population. The objective of this article is to review the cervical screening guidelines in the adolescent population as well as examine the evidence and studies that support delaying screening until 21 years old. Delaying HPV and Papanicolaou testing until 21 years old is safe and will not increase cervical cancer rates in the adolescent population. © 2014 North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.

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Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology