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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.
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What is a pap smear?

A cancer screen

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A pap smear is a screening test used to detect cervical cancer and precancer.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered:

What is a pap smear?

Screen for cancer

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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.
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Dr. Yash K. Khanna answered:

Can a pap-smear hurt?

No it does not hurt

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It may be unconfortable for some but is not painful
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Does a pap smear hurt?

No

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A good pelvic examiner can perform a pap smear with little or no discomfort.
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What can pap smear pick up?

Abnormalities

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The pap can detect abnormal cervical cells, the presence of some types of infections and the presence of some STD's.
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Dr. Barry T. Kahn answered:

How important is pap smear?

Very important

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In the past 50-60 years, there has been no single test that has done more to screen for cancer than the Pap smear. It is very important for women to follow current guidelines as it pertains to Pap smears.
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Dr. Sewa Legha answered:

Can a pap smear detect pid?

No

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Its purpose is to detect cancer cells(cytological examination)
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What can pap smear help you?

No

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A pap smear is used to look for precancerous cells of the cervix before they become a problem. Your first pregnancy visit may be a good time to get one if you need it.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered:

what is an abnormal pap smear?

Needs follow-up

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There are various grades of abnormalities on PAP smear. Generally an abnormal smear means that some of the cells are at risk of becoming cancerous. It is important to follow-up an abnormal PAP smear with repeat testing and/or additional tests, such as colposcopy and/or biopsy.
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How often is Pap smear needed?

Depends on patient.

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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.
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