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Pap Smear (Definition)
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.
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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
I was just diagnosed with HPV 53 having a abnormal pap smear. What information can you give me about this particular type. How common is it?
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