Pap tests after treatment

Studies show that even after women have been successfully treated for a high-grade change, they remain at a slightly higher risk of cervical cancer than women who have never had an abnormality.

Because of this higher risk, it is recommended that women who have received treatment for a high-grade abnormality have the six tests listed below over a two-year interval after the treatment. If these six tests are normal, it is recommended that women return to the usual two-year screening interval. The six tests are:

4 to 6 months after treatment

Pap test and colposcopy

12 months after treatment

Pap test and HPV test

24 months after treatment

Pap test and HPV test

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