Can I Get Checked for Vulvar Cancer Before I Have Symptoms?
Ask your doctor how often you should have a Pap test, HPV test, and pelvic exam. These tests can help spot certain vulvar, vaginal, and cervical cancers.
Screening tests check for signs of disease in people who don't have any symptoms. That's when doctors can treat any precancer or cancer cells more successfully.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that women have regular checkups to help spot certain gynecologic cancers. Doctors examine the vulva during these checkups, which also include a pelvic exam and may include a Pap test and HPV testing.
Here are the ACS general recommendations for how often you should have Pap tests, HPV tests, and pelvic exams to screen for gynecological cancers if you are at average risk:
Although there are different guidelines regarding the use of screening tests, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that all women older than 21 years of age should have yearly pelvic exams.