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Originally published Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 9:06 AM

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CDC: Women getting unneeded Paps post-hysterectomy

Many women don't need to be screened for cervical cancer after a hysterectomy, but a new study says most get the test anyway.

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NEW YORK —

Many women don't need to be screened for cervical cancer after a hysterectomy, but a new study says most get the test anyway.

A government survey released Thursday shows about 60 percent of women with hysterectomies recently had a Pap test.

For years, experts have said there's no need to screen women who had a total hysterectomy for reasons other than cancer. A total hysterectomy removes the uterus and cervix.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed thousands of women ages 30 and older who had a hysterectomy. Those who recently had Pap tests fell from 73 percent in 2000 to 59 percent in 2010.

Experts say some tests may have been warranted, but the others were probably done because Paps have long been part of annual doctor visits.

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