All women are at risk for cervical cancer, but did you know it occurs most often in women over 30? Over 12,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. When cervical cancer is found early, it’s highly treatable. Fortunately, it’s one of the easiest female cancers to detect.
Medicare covers Pap tests, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) tests (as part of Pap tests), and pelvic exams that can help find cervical and vaginal cancer early and improve recovery and survival rates. Pap tests are covered once every 24 months for all women. If you’re at high risk for cervical or vaginal cancer, or if you’re of child-bearing age and had an abnormal Pap test in the past 36 months, Medicare covers these screening tests once every 12 months. Medicare covers HPV tests once every 5 years if you’re 30–65 without HPV symptoms.
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, so now’s the perfect time to get screened. Watch our Cervical Health Awareness Month video, and visit our cervical & vaginal cancer screenings page to learn more about these tests.