Pap smear

The Pap test is a procedure that is performed to detect cervical cancer in women.

The Pap test involves collecting cells from the cervix, the lower and narrow end of the uterus that is above the vagina.

Early detection of cervical cancer through a Pap test gives you a greater chance of cure. A Pap test also detects changes in cervical cells that indicate that cancer may develop in the future. Early detection of these abnormal cells by a Pap test is the first step to stop the possible formation of cervical cancer.

Why is it done?
A Pap test is used to detect cervical cancer.

The Pap test is usually done along with a pelvic exam. For women over 30, the Pap test can be combined with a test to detect the human papillomavirus (human papillomavirus, HPV), a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause cervical cancer. In some cases, the HPV test may be done instead of the Pap smear.

Who should have a Pap test?
You and your doctor can decide when it is time to start having a Pap test and how often you should get tested.

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