Why Pap tests matter: what women need to know

This crucial test may help prevent cervical cancer

For many women, Pap tests are just a routine part of their health care. Been there, done that. Other women, however, are skipping this screening — and may not realize what they’re missing.

Whether you’ve never had one, have just fallen behind or never miss a test, here are some important and helpful facts to know about Pap tests.

What to do next

Know your benefits. A routine Pap test is usually considered preventive care. That means it’s generally covered by your health plan with no copays, coinsurance or deductibles.1 But this isn’t always the case.

Look up other kinds of preventive care that may be recommended for you.


  1. Check your benefit plan to see what services may be covered.


American Cancer Society; National Institutes of Health