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How often woman should have Pap smear: Number of units

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For half of female sample persons age 18+, PAPOFTNO reports how often the respondent believes a woman should have a Pap smear test. PAPOFTNO gives only the number of time units and should be used with related variable PAPOFTTP, which gives the time units in weeks, months, or years, or non-time unit responses (e.g. only when problems/symptoms). Please see Codes tab for detailed response categories.

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  • 1987: Half of female sample persons age 18+ (excluded from CAEP supplement).


  • 1987