What is a Pap?
A Pap test, also called a Pap smear, is a simple and effective screening test for early detection of cervical cancer (a common cancer in women). It is performed by sampling cells from the cervix with a swab. Next the cells are placed on a glass slide and checked for abnormalities in the laboratory.
Getting a regular pap test is the best thing you can do to prevent cervical cancer. If diagnosed early, the chances of surviving cervical cancer are very high.
Most women should have pap tests on a regular basis. During your annual wellness exam, your physician will discuss when to start and how often to do pap smears.
Would you like more information about the Pap test and/or HPV testing?
The National Cancer Institute has an Pap-HPV Fact Sheet at this link:
At Partners in Obstetrics and Gynecology, we welcome your questions regarding the PAP test, HPV test and the recommended testing frequencies at your appointment.