DEAR DOCTOR K: I am 31 years old and have always had normal Pap smears. I just read that HPV testing might be better. What do you suggest?
DEAR READER: Screening for cervical cancer has led to a dramatic decrease in the disease. Until fairly recently, all cervical cancer screening was done by Pap smear. But the FDA recently approved the use of a new screening tool -- the HPV DNA test -- that may eventually take its place.