By the way, doctor: How long should I keep getting Pap tests?
Q. Is there an age when a woman no longer needs a Pap smear?
A. Most women are used to getting a Pap test every year or two as part of their routine health care. A Pap test, or Pap smear, examines cells from the cervix to screen for cervical cancer or abnormal cells that could progress to cancer if left untreated.