My 69-year-old mother told me that her doctor, who has been her family physician for the last 20 years or so, told her that she does not need to get the yearly Pap smear after age 70, but she still needs to get the yearly pelvic exam. She was told that Pap smears are totally unnecessary for women 70 and older, unless the woman is having a lot of sex with a variety of partners. (And that would not be my mother. Trust me.)
Huh? Cervical cancer doesn’t happen to women over 70? And why not just do the Pap during the pelvic exam? It’s just that little Q-tip swab on a long stick, if I’m not mistaken…
Is this standard practice, now? Or does she need to find a new doctor? Sonehow, it doesn’t ring true to me.
Any medical professionals want to enlighten me?