This year, an estimated 12,900 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and each year, more than 12,000 women are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer and (cancer that has spread from the surface of the cervix to tissue deeper in the cervix or to other body parts) and more than 4,000 die from the disease.
Cervical cancer used to be one of the most common causes of cancer death in women in the United States. Since the introduction of the Pap test (also called a Pap smear) more than 50 years ago, the rate of death from cervical cancer has decreased dramatically.
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If you have had a total hysterectomy, you do not need to continue screening unless the surgery was done as a treatment for cervical cancer or pre-cancer. If you had a hysterectomy that left behind the cervix, continue to follow the guidelines above.
For women over 65: