Myths about Cervical Cancer screening

Myth 1: I don’t need to screen for cervical cancer once I have the HPV vaccination

While the latest HPV vaccine covers for nine HPV strains including the two high-risk strains HPV 16 and 18, they only account for approximately 70% of cervical cancer [1]. There are over 100 HPV strains, of which several of them are cancer-causing types. In Singapore, the guidelines for cervical cancer screening are as follows [2]:

  • Pap smear every 3 years for women aged 25-29

  • HPV testing every 5 years for women aged 30-69

You are encouraged to continue screening until you are 69 years old (if you have had 3 consecutive normal pap smears or 2 consecutive negative HPV tests in the last 10 years).