Annual Cancer Screening Tests Urged Less And Less

UNDATED (AP) - New guidelines out today for cervical cancer screening underscore the change in thinking about annual cancer tests.

Experts differ on some points but agree in the new guidelines that the common practice of getting a Pap test every year is too often, and probably doing more harm than good.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says every three years is fine. It's also recently recommended against PSA screening for prostate cancer and every other year screening for breast cancer.

Cervical cancer has declined dramatically in the United States, and most deaths are in women who have never been screened or not in the past five years.

The task force says more lives probably could be saved by reaching women who are not being adequately screened now.