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Can A Pap Miss Cancer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
SCREENING BREAST CA: Mammogram is the gold standard for breast cancer screening, ultrasonds are used to differenciate solid/fluid filled cysts and serve that purpose.Ultrasond can miss cancers more often.Mammogams can also miss some early cancers, and has well recognised limitations. So ultrasond and magnetic resonance imaging is used along with mammograms in high risk patients. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Not necessarily: There is a blood test for herpes and if you wish to know if you have been infected with Herpes 1 and or 2, ask your doctor for the blood test. For good health- Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Is a pap smear a good tool for general cancer detection or is it only specific to cervical cancer?
Usually, yes: A cervical cytology (pap smear) is scraped along the cervix usually, but can also be scraped along the vaginal wall. Squamous lesions (dysplasia or carcinoma) are the most commonly found. However, endometrial tumors are shed through the cervix into the vagina. Certain sarcomas (rhabdomyosarcoma: malignant skeletal muscle tumor) can also be found. Generally, a pap is an excellent screening tool. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's possible,, : It's possible for this to be missed on a pap as these glands are located more toward and in the endocervical canal. Even neoplasia can be missed. This is partly why the paps are done annually or even more frequently if there are changes and is also why the pap spatula is shaped like it is in order to minimize the chances of something like this happening. ...Read more
Not all: A paps smear is specifically looking at the cells in the mucosa of the cervix. At the same time swabs and sampling a can b taken to look for stds and when the paps smear is being done it is often combined with a pelvic exam. During this exam the md should b able to notice any suspicious looking ulcerationa or lesions or infections and decide if further tests need to b done to look for stds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What diseases can a pap smear detect? I've heard that a pap can be used as a means for early detection of cervical cancer. Are there any other diseases that it can find?
Yes: Pap smear can defind cervical cancer including squamous carcinoma and adenocarcinoma, and cell changes which could be precancer changes ( follow up is important). Pap smear can reveal trichomonas vaginalis, herpes virus changes, fungal organisms-candida, can reveal normal and atypical endometrial cells. Metastasis to the cervix could be seen on pap. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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