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Are pap smears nescessary after 70?

Are pap smears nescessary after 70?

Pap smear: Not if you have never had moderate or severe dysplasia and 3 normal paps (no dysplasia, no high risk hpv) in a row. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Pap Smear (Definition)

A pap smear (cervical smear) is a text looking at the cells from the canal and outside of the cervix to see if any abnormalities (especially ...Read more


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Do all women need pap tests annually?

Do all women need pap tests annually?

Can do every 3 years: At least once a yaer for every year starting at age 20 or when you start sexual activity is the standard recommendation. It you get two consecutive negative annual pap smears, then you can repeat the test every three years. ...Read more

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Are pap smears mandatory after the age 21?

Are pap smears mandatory after the age 21?

Recommended: The current recommendations can vary depending on age, however it appropriate for a women age 21 to 65 to have pap smears every three years as long as they are normal. After a hysterectomy and/or after age 65 a women with a history of normal paps does not ever need another pap. Every women should still have an annual exam. ...Read more

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Are abnormal pap smear and HPV the same thing?

Are abnormal pap smear and HPV the same thing?

Almost: Iy is estimated that over 98% of abnormal paps are caused by hpv and over 99% of cervical cancers are caused by hpv. The pap smear is looking at the cervical cells, hpv is the virus that can infect and affect those cells. ...Read more

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Can PID be detected during routine pap smear?

Yes: At the time of the pap, if there is suspicion of a problem additional evaluation is generally done that would reveal the presence of pid or other issues. The pap smear itself may actually reveal some types of pelvic infections. ...Read more

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How often is pap smear needed?

Depends on patient.: For a woman between the ages of 30 and 65, if a baseline pap test is negative and the patient also has a negative hpv dna result (dual negative findings), then the next pap test can wait for 3 years. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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Do pap smears only test for cervical cancer or other types too?

Do pap smears only test for cervical cancer or other types too?

Uterine CA also.: The main purpose today is to spot cervical cancer. But abnormal uterine lining cells will also show up sometimes. In fact, the original purpose of the pap smear was to find uterine cancer! see more about the history of this amazing lifesaver, an explanation for some of the changes, and its wonderful pioneer nicholas papanicolaou here: http://www.Ama-assn.Org/amednews/2007/09/03/hlsa0903.Htm. ...Read more

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Are colonoscopies necessary?

Are colonoscopies necessary?

YES!: A colonoscopy is a safe, thorough examination of your entire colon under sedation to screen for polyps, or to diagnose bleeding issues or other colon abnormalities such as diverticulosis or hemorrhoids. Small growths like polyps rarely cause symptoms until they grow larger, and can lead to colorectal cancer. You should be screened at least at age 50 or sooner if you have any rectal bleeding. ...Read more

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Do all women need pap tests?

Do all women need pap tests?

If you have a cervix: A pap test looks for cervical cancer. If you had a full hysterectomy, it means you don't have a cervix and therefore can't get cervical cancer and you don't need a pap test. If you have a cervix, you need a pap. ...Read more

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Is pap smears only given if your sexually active?

Is pap smears only  given if your sexually active?

Importance of a Pap: Pap smears are important to detect changes in the cervix and allow early detection of cervical cancers. Unfortunately, patients with cervical cancer may not have any symptoms until the condition advances. The HPV virus is an important cause of cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Does pap smears or wet preps test for cervictitis ?

Cervicitis: Cervicitis can be caused by a variety of organisms. Only a few of the types organisms that can cause it are detectable with a wet prep. A pap smear is a test for cervical cancer or precancerous lesions. ...Read more

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Is there a need for pap smears if supracervical hysterectomy done?

Is there a need for pap smears if supracervical hysterectomy done?

Yes since cervix: If you have a cervix then there is risk of cervical cancer. While this risk declines with age there are new recommendations for how often you should have a pap, and for women over 30 an additional test on same sample for hi risk hpv (human papillomavirus) that causes most cervical cancers. Here's link: http://www.Womenshealthfremont.Com/newsdesk/news/longer-intervals-recommended-for-pap-smears. ...Read more

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How important is pap smear?

How important is pap smear?

Could be very.: The pap smear is a way to find cervical cancer before it becomes serious. Cervical cancer is a sexually transmitted disease and young women are at highest risk of the disease. If you have had abnormal paps, infection with the hpv virus or multiple sex partners you may be at risk for cervical cancer and should have discussion about appropriate screening with your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if precancerous cells found in mother's pap smear?

What to do if precancerous cells found in mother's pap smear?

Local approach: Precancerous cells from a Pap represent transforming cells of the cervical and endocervical canal. By definition they have not yet invaded the muscular layers of the cervix but are contained within the basement membrane that cordons off the smooth muscle layers of the cervix from the lining layers. At this time cryosurgery can be employed or a more aggressive cone cut from the cervical os. ...Read more

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Reg pap rests age 23 result inconclusive regular follow up pap all normal. Pap 12-18 mth since 23 all normal. Recent pap age 40 ascus told pap in 6months. Invasive cancer? Hpv test not done ?

Reg pap rests age 23 result inconclusive regular follow up pap all normal.   Pap 12-18 mth since 23 all normal. Recent pap age 40 ascus told pap in 6months.  Invasive cancer?  Hpv test not  done ?

Get an HPV test: I always do hpv testing on ascus paps. Because if it's hpv positive i would do a colposcopy right away. The chance of finding cancer in a ascus hpv (+) pap is less than 1%. But if it's hpv negative, you are off the hook, and i wouldn't repeat the pap for a year. ...Read more

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I have tested positive for high risk HPV & abnormal pap so having colposcopy done. When should you do a repeat pap smear?

Depends on findings: Of examination by colposcopy. It your doctor detects an abnormal site, s/he may do a biopsy, and will advise about the frequency of pap testing. In any case you should not wait more than one year for a repeat pap. ...Read more

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If pap smear test suggestive of lsil does it reqd biopsy before fibroid removal?

Colposcopy: If you had an abnormal pap smear then the next step is an examination under a microscope called a colposcopy. This will evaluate the extent of the problem and will guide the next steps in management. Abnormal pap smears may indicate HPV changes or precancerous cells of the cervix. This is not related to uterine fibroids. ...Read more

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What std test are usually done along with a Pap smear?

STD screening: At age 18, pap smears aren't recommended. But yearly screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea is recommended until age 26. Once a woman reaches age 21, we do a pap smear along with the chlamydia and gonorrhea screening. Once a woman reaches age 30, we add high-risk HPV screening to her pap smear. ...Read more

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