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How can you test for cervical cancer? what are the tests that can detect cervical cancer?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
A : A pelvic exam that is typically done as part of a routine clinic visit can detect problems worrisome for cervical cancer. A speculum, which is a smooth metal instrument, is put into the vagina so the cervix and vagina can be seen and checked for any signs of disease. However, in very early cervical cancer, the cervix might appear normal. The most common screening test is a pap smear. During this procedure, cells are collected from the surface of the cervix and vagina. A piece of cotton, a brush, or a small wooden stick is used to gently scrape cells from the cervix and vagina. The cells are viewed under a microscope to find out if they are abnormal. Another procedure is called colposcopy. A colposcope is a lighted, magnifying instrument that is used to check the vagina and cervix for abnormal areas. Tissue samples may be taken using a curette, which is a spoon-shaped instrument, and checked under a microscope.

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Are there tests to check for cervical cancer?

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Yes: The best screening test for cervical cancer is a pap smear performed yearly.
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What are some of the tests for Cervical cancer?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The tests for Cervical cancer include:: Barium enema, Basic metabolic panel, Biopsy, Complete blood count, Xray of chest, Colposcopy, CT of chest, abdomen and pelvis, Cystoscopy, HPV typing in situ, IVP, Liver function test, MRI of pelvis, PET scan, Proctoscopy, Pap smear, PET cervical cancer diagnosis, Speculum.

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