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Cervical Cancer Screening for Medi-Cal and Family PACT Effective May 1, 2013: 

Cytology screening begins at 21 years of age, regardless of the age at first intercourse.  Screening women younger than 21 for cervical cancer lacks proven benefit and is harmful to some women because of over-diagnosis and over-treatment.

Women 21-30 years of age may have cytology screening every three years and women between 30 and 65 years of age may opt either for cytology every three years or co-testing every five years (co-testing is not a Family PACT benefit). 

Women who were DES-exposed in utero should be screened annually.

Women who have been treated for CIN II, III, or adenocarcinoma in situ (AIS) must be regularly screened for 20 years, even if 65 years of age or older, either with cytology every three years or co-testing every five years (co-testing is not a Family PACT benefit).

HPV-DNA testing is limited to reflex testing for clients 21 years of age and older with a cervical cytology result of Atypical Squamous Cells of Undetermined Significance (ASCUS) or Atypical Glandular Cells of Undetermined Significance (AGUS) only.

Tests ordered by physicians that do not meet these guidelines will be billed directly to the patient by the lab.





What is a community-based laboratory?
It means that we work where we live. That our clients are our neighbors, relatives and friends. It also means that we have a commitment to our local medical community and to the environment in which we live.


Learn more about how Pathology, Pap tests and HPV typing are used to diagnose disease and to help clinicians determine the most successful treatments for each individual patient.

What is Pathology?
Pathology studies the origin, characterization and function of disease by thorough examination of body fluids, organs, tissues and cells. This generally involves gross and microscopic visual examination of tissues, with special stains and immunohistochemistry employed to visualize specific proteins and other substances in and around cells.

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