Women Veterans Health Care
Cervical cancer was once the number one cause of death from cancer in women in the United States. Thanks to cervical cancer screening with the Pap test, the number of women in the U.S. who develop cervical cancer has dropped.
VA staff delivers the highest quality health care in a setting that ensures privacy, dignity and sensitivity. Eligible women Veterans can receive gynecologic care, including cervical cancer screening.
The Pap smear takes less than five minutes. According to the newest guidelines, women should now be screened for cervical cancer every three to five years, depending on age and current cervical health. For women 21 to 29 years old with average risk, VA recommends a Pap test every three years. For women 30 to 65 years old with average risk, VA recommends a Pap test every three years, a Pap test every five years along with a high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) test, or HPV testing alone every five years.
Women Veterans should talk with their VA providers about cervical cancer screening and scheduling a Pap test at their VA facility. For more information, they can contact their local VA facility’s Women Veterans Program Manager, call 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636) or visit www.womenshealth.va.gov.
About Women Veterans
Women are now the fastest growing subgroup of U.S. Veterans. The number of women Veterans is expected to increase dramatically in the next 10 years, and VA health care is expected to be in high demand by the women Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Department of Veterans Affairs understands the health care needs of women Veterans and is committed to meeting these needs. Women Veterans served and they deserve the best quality care. Learn more about VA health care services for women Veterans.
Learn more* from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Cervical Cancer Screening Provider Fact Sheet
National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
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