But, cervical cancer still remains the third most common gynecological cancer in America. And worldwide, it is the second most common cancer among women and the most common cause of death from a gynecologic cancer.
Given these statistics, The Early Show medical correspondent Dr. Emily Senay says it is still of the utmost importance to be diligent about getting pap smears. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), however, has issued new screening guidelines that say testing can start later and occur less often then was first recommended.
ACOG recommends the following:
Dr. Senay says women should, however, still get yearly check-ups with the gynecologist.