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Are Pap Smears Necessary
You see your doc: Depending on the abnormality, usually the patient will have a colposcopy. This is a procedure where the clinician looks closely at your cervix and can biopsy any areas that look abnormal. The reason this is done is that pre-cancer or overt cancer can be identified. The reason paps are important is they can find abnormalities before they become cancer. ...Read more
It depends,,,: It depends on the results. If it's low to high grade, things like colposcopy and excision biopsy are done. If biopsy shows carcinoma in situ, the same schedule for paps is maintained. But if it's more invasive things like surgery and chemotherapy may be done. It's important to keep getting paps every year if they're abnormal as it is there to prevent the abnormalities from becoming invasive. ...Read more
Every 3 years: paps every 3 years; exams yearlyGet a more detailed answer ›
Depends: If they all have been normal/negative you should get them every 3-5 years depending on how your doctor sends it. (if they send a co-test, which looks at cells and checks for hpv, you only need it every 5 years). If you have had an abnormal pap, you'll need it more often. What is your history? ...Read more
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