The Correct Answer is False.
For decades women have been told to get Pap tests once a year, but research has shown that this isn't needed. In fact, we now know that yearly Pap tests offer very little if any benefit compared to getting screened every 3 years.
And, there can be harm to screening more often. False positives (this is where the test shows cancer but this turns out to be wrong) are very common with cervical cancer screening, and more frequent screening can lead to the need for more follow up tests. These tests can have unwanted side effects, including problems related to future pregnancies and delivery, as well as increased anxiety and time away from work or home.
The American Cancer Society recommends that all women at average risk should begin cervical cancer testing (screening) at age 21.
Women aged 21 to 29 should get a Pap test every 3 years.
From age 30 to 65, the preferred way to screen is by getting a Pap test AND an HPV test every 5 years. Another option is to get tested every 3 years with only the Pap test.
Women over age 65 who have had regular screening for the past 10 years and haven’t had certain pre-cancers in the last 20 years should stop cervical cancer screening.