Ask the doctor: When should I stop getting screening tests?

Published: May, 2014

Q. I am in my early 80s, and my doctor has not yet told me when I can stop getting mammograms, colonoscopies, and Pap tests. I'm due for my annual visit soon. Are there any guidelines for when women can stop getting these tests?

A. Yes. For women with a history of normal cancer screening tests, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends stopping Pap tests at age 65, and stopping mammograms and colonoscopies at age 75.

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