Papanicolaou (PAP) Test Explained

DR. GLORIA WILLIAMS – ROUHANI

The Papanicolaou test (also called Pap smear, Pap test, cervical smear, or smear test) is a screening test used to detect potentially pre-cancerous processes in the cervix of the female reproductive system. Changes can be treated, thus preventing cervical cancer.

The test was invented by the prominent Greek doctor Georgios Papanikolaou.

A Pap test can save your life. It can find the earliest signs of cervical cancer. If caught early, the chance of curing cervical cancer is very high. Pap tests also can find infections and abnormal cervical cells that can turn into cancer cells. Treatment can prevent most cases of cervical cancer from developing.

Getting regular Pap tests is the best thing you can do to prevent cervical cancer. In fact, regular Pap tests have led to a major decline in the number of cervical cancer cases and deaths.

 

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