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What is a pap smear?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered

Specializes in Pathology

Screen for cancer: Named for its discoverer george papanicolaou, cells from the cervix of the uterus are smeared onto a glass slide, stained, and examined under the microscope for cancer or precancer ("dysplasia"; "intraepithelial lesion"). This enables detection of the vast majority of cervical cancers -- once the greatest cancer killer of young women -- while still easy to cure.

Answered 10/9/2017

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Dr. Anne Rodriguez answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Screening test: A sampling of cells from the cervix to test for the cellular changes that can lead to cervical cancer- it is a screening test and not usually a diagnostic test.

Answered 6/8/2013

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Dr. Maritza Baez answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Cancer check: A pap test looks for cervical cancer. The doctor will inserrt a speculum into the vagina to look at the cervix and take a sample of cervical cells to send to the lab.

Answered 12/9/2013

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Dr. Maritza Baez answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Dehydration?: You are most likely dehydrated. Try drinking water./ if you still feel bad go to the hospital.

Answered 3/10/2013

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Dr. Richard Wallner answered

Specializes in Gynecology

A cancer screen: A pap smear is a screening test used to detect cervical cancer and precancer.

Answered 6/22/2017

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Pap smear: Pap smear is a test which involves collecting cells from cervix which is the lower part of uterus to see if the cells are normal or abnormal. Some abnormal cells can change in cancer if not treated . http://patient.info/doctor/cervical-screening-cervical-smear-test-pro

Answered 7/10/2017

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered

Specializes in Pathology

See below: Please read the instructions for preparing for pap smear in the website given below. In brief: do not do the following for 24 hours before the test: douche (douching should never be done), have intercourse, take a bath (shower is okay), use tampons. Avoid scheduling your pap smear while you have your period. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003911.htm.

Answered 6/10/2018

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

Most doctors do paps: Any gynecologist and most family medicine or primary care doctors do pap smears routinely. I can't vouch for usual policies and pap smear availability in your country, but certainly it should be easy in any metropolitan area.

Answered 2/18/2020

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Dr. John Berryman answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Pap smear ?'s: A pap smear can be performed by a primary care physician, but the results of the test should be put before a gyn physician.

Answered 2/25/2020

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