04.11.131:26 PM ET

Study: Cut Back Cervical Cancer Screening

According to a new study, the majority of doctors recommend tests too frequently.

A majority of physicians would like that their female patients be screened for cervical cancer more frequently than the American Cancer Society's guidelines recommend. While the ACS suggests women with normal Pap tests and negative HPV results wait five years before their next tests, 70 to 84 percent of about 500 physicians surveyed said they would recommend that patients get tested less than three years after such results. Less than 10 percent of doctors in almost all scenarios would suggest that their patients wait longer than the ACP's recommended time for a rescreening.