How Often You Need A Pap Smear Could Be Based On Your Race

The average doctor may suggest that you get the typical Pap test once a year. However, recent studies suggest that cervical lesions may differ dramatically among different races, especially for Hispanic and African American women.

According to new research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, physicians determining treatment options for abnormal Pap smears must now factor in the patient’s race.

The variation in precancerous cells found in the cervix that progress toward becoming cancerous or regress toward normal cells vary at high rates among Hispanic, African American, Caucasian, and Asian women.

Analyzing over 5,472 medical records of women who received a Pap test from January 2006 to September 2016, they found that Hispanic women progressed the fastest, moving from innocuous to worrisome high-grade lesions within 17.6 months. In comparison to