Pap Smear

What is a pap smear?

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February 26, 2016 12:15PM

A pap smear is performed by a gynecologist or family practitioner. During a pap smear, a woman's cervix is lightly scraped and the sample is sent to a lab for testing. The test is used to look for dysplasia and cervical cancer.

A papsmear is a test conducted by your doctors that tests samples of cervical cells for abnormalities, infections and diseases. The test is usually conducted biannually on women once they become sexually active.
It tests for abnormal cells on the cervix.
The main purpose of the pap smear is to screen for cervical cancer. This type of cancer is associated with the HPV. This is why the HPV vaccines are available now. It's to reduce the risk of cervical cancer. During this exam, they often also do screening for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, which requires a separate sample.

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March 19, 2015 9:57PM

A pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer.

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November 23, 2014 1:38PM

A pap smear is a screening test to look for cervical cancer and precancerous changes on the cervix. It's done by gently collecting cells from the end of the uterus, and sending them to a lab for examination.