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Hysterectomy: New Protocol is No More Pap Smears?

By June 8, 2008 - 6:55pm
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My mom just asked me a great question, that I'm not sure what the answer is! While I'm researching, I thought I'd ask you all as well.

My mom had a hysterectomy many years ago, and was just told by her doctor today that the "new protocol" is that "pap smears are no longer needed".

Is this an age-related thing (my mom is mid-60's) or a hysterectomy-related new protocol? She still has her cervix, and since the pap smear tests for abnormal cells or changes in the cervix, why the "new protocol"?

So, the question is: have you been told the same thing by your doctor? Where can I go to look for "new protocols"? What do you think about this...what would you do?


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Hey Alison! I was just looking at your question and I wanted to let you know that I am looking to find you a reliable resource in terms of answering this question for both you and your mother. As soon as I find something I will let you know!



June 9, 2008 - 2:28pm
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