Pap Smears (Information)

It's A procedure in which a small brush or spatula would be used to remove cells from the cervix. 

Detecting cervical cancer early with a Pap smear gives you a greater chance at a cure. A Pap smear can also detect changes in your cervical cells that suggest cancer may develop in the future. 

Doctors recommend beginning Pap testing at age 21. The Pap smear is usually done in conjunction with a pelvic exam. Doctors generally recommend repeating Pap testing every three years for women ages 21 to 65.


A Pap smear is a safe way to screen for cervical cancer. However, a Pap smear isn't foolproof. It's possible to receive false-negative results meaning that the test indicates no abnormality, even though you do have abnormal cells.

 

A Pap smear is performed in your doctor's office and takes only a few minutes. You may be asked to undress completely or only from the waist down.

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