Cervical and vaginal cancer screening

December 5, 2014

Cervical and vaginal cancers are cancers of the womb and birth canal. To check for these, your doctor will do a pelvic exam and look inside your cervix. He or she also will also take some cells from your cervix for a Pap test.

Regular pelvic exams and Pap tests help prevent these cancers. Your doctor can find abnormal changes in the cervix and vagina and treat you before cancer develops. Women who do not regularly have Pap tests have an increased risk of cervical cancer.

  • Who is covered: All women with Medicare are covered
  • How often it is covered: Generally covered once every 24 months; once every 12 months if you are at high risk
  • Your cost: Free