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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Pap Smear (Overview)

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 can pap smear help you?

What can pap smear help you?

No: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
829 doctors shared insights

Pap Smear (Overview)

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 exactly is a pap smear and what does it show?

What exactly is a pap smear and what does it show?

Risk of cancer: It is a screening test to look for changes in cells that may at risk of becoming cancerous. If done correctly, the test can prevent vast majority of the cases of cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Being a Healthy Woman (Tip)

Being a Healthy Woman

Women over 21 should get a pap smear at least every 3 years. ...See more

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What is a pap smear?

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pap smear?

What is the definition or description of: pap smear?

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. ...Read more

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Maintaining Vaginal Health (Tip)

Maintaining Vaginal Health

To be sure of an accurate Pap smear result, avoid having intercourse for 48 hours before your test. ...See more

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Can you tell me about being tested for on a pap smear?

Precancerous cells: The pap smear is a screen for pre-cancerous cells of the cervix most often related to hpv infection. Hpv is common and does not always cause a problem. The pap smear is perhaps the most effective cancer screen ever discovered! ...Read more

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What is the purpose of pap smear? Diagnose precancerous conditions?

What is the purpose of pap smear? Diagnose precancerous conditions?

Cervical cancer: The pap smear will screen for cervical cancer or pre cancerous conditions. Most pap smears can be combined with hpv testing which will improve the screening results. ...Read more

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Cervical Smear (Definition)

A cervical smear or pap smear is a text looking at cells from the outside and canal of the cervi to see if ...Read more


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