18:04 8th February 2018 | Common Cancer
PIn 1920, George Papanicolaou, a Greek doctor, developed the Pap test together with Romanian doctor, Aurel Babeş.
What is a Pap test?
A Pap test – also known as a Pap smear or smear test – is a procedure that doctors use to test for cervical cancer in women. Women aged 30 to 65 should undergo one every three to five years.
It is one of the most essential screenings for women because cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women.
What is the Objective of this Test?
The objective is twofold:
REGULAR SCREENINGS HELP REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF CERVICAL CANCER AND MORTALITY
What Happens During a Pap Test?
This test takes place at a medical facility, whether that is at a doctor’s practice, a hospital or a clinic. The whole thing should be done in a few minutes.
At the lab, the sample is carefully examined. Results are sent to the healthcare professional who will relay the results to the patient.
A test for HPV, by far the most common cause of cervical cancer, can be done with the Pap test. The doctor should also perform a physical pelvis examination. All of these exams are part of a comprehensive cervical cancer screening.
What Pap Test Results Mean
There are a few categories for Pap test results.
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If you are between the ages of 21 and 65 and have never been for a Pap test, schedule one immediately. If you have not been for a screening in the last three years (or if you cannot remember), please contact us to find out if it is time for your next screening.
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