A Pap test can alert women about changes in the cervix.

Cancer can develop in the tissues of the cervix, which is located in the lower part of the uterus, connected to the birth canal.

The most frequent cause of cervical cancer is the human papilloma virus—also known as HPV. The only way to find cervical cancer is to have a Pap test as part of a regular pelvic exam. During this test, cells are brushed from the cervix onto a slide so they can be examined under a microscope.

Who should be screened and how often:

Recommended Screening
How Often
Under 21 years
No Screening
Pap Test
Every 3 years
HPV and Pap Test “Co-testing”
Pap Test only
Every 5 years

Every 3 years
Older than 65
No Screening following negative prior Screening
After hysterectomy
No Screening for women without a cervix unless cervix was removed due to cervical cancer
HPV Vaccinated
Follow age specific recommendations (same as unvaccinated women)

Per Screening for Life guidelines dated October, 2017.

Talk to your doctor or nurse about the best screening guidelines for you.

We offer help for screening and cancer treatment:

If you don’t have insurance or you can’t afford a Pap test, there is a program that could provide the screening for you. Find out about it now.

If you should be diagnosed with cervical cancer and you can’t afford treatment, the Delaware Cancer Treatment Program provides free cancer treatment for up to two years. Cancer Care Coordinators help guide you through treatment, scheduling visits with doctors and making sure you get the care you need.

Learn about the HPV vaccine that has been developed for girls and boys to help prevent cervical cancer.

Stay informed—check out this downloadable pdf for more information about cervical cancer.

A nurse navigator can schedule a cancer screening for you.

Hospitals Statewide have nurse navigators who can schedule your cancer screening and provide follow-up help - whether you have health insurance or not. Use this form to request a callback, or call the nurse navigator at the facility closest to you:

Request a call:

We need your ZIP code so that we can send your request to the nurse navigator closest to you.

If you would like to speak directly to a nurse navigator, you can call the facility closest to you from the list below.

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