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What is a pap smear?

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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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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What is an abornomal pap smear with precancerous cells?

What is an abornomal pap smear with precancerous cells?

A warning: Women with cells that have certain abnormal appearances are much more likely to develop cancer of the cervix or nearby structures. If the area with the cells can be found and removed before it turns cancerous, a life has likely been saved. Before pap smears, cancer of the cervix was a horribly common scourge of young women, as it still is in the poor nations. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pap smear?

What is the definition or description of: pap smear?

Pap smear: 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 precancerous abnormalities) are present. ...Read more

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 is it true that there are new tests to replace the pap smear?

 is it true that there are new tests to replace the pap smear?

Pap every 3 years: Maybe you're thinking about the hpv cervical dna test that's done the same time as your pap smear. If your hpv test is negative, your pap smears have been normal, and you don't have new partners, then your next pap smear is due in 3 years because you don't need to be screened for cervical cancer as often. It's not a substitute though. We just have better ways to screen. ...Read more

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When should I start getting a pap smear?

When should I start getting a pap smear?

Age 21: New recommendations are that women start pap tests at age 21 and they should continue every three years during your 20s as long as they are normal. Lots of research has been done on this topic. No pap test should be done prior to age 21 because of the high likelihood of spontaneous clearance of hpv in adolescents and to avoid unnecessary surgeries for transient cervical dysplasia in young women. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have precancerous cells on your pap smear?

At risk of cancer: Precancerous cells indicate presence of pathologic processes that could lead to development of cancer. ...Read more

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If iam a virgin do I still need to get a pap smear? I'm very nervous

If iam a virgin do I still need to get a pap smear? I'm very nervous

Yes: Majority of women who get cervical cancer have hpv infection, which is transmitted by sexual intercourse. However, a small percentage of women are not infected. Therefore, regardless of sexual orientation or whether a virgin or not, all women should get regular pap tests starting at age 21. Be smart and protect yourself. ...Read more

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What does abnormal cells mean in a pap smear examination result?

What does abnormal cells mean in a pap smear examination result?

Abnormal PAP: We do pap smears to screen for cervical cancer cells. The pap smear has helped us reduce cervical cancer to very small numbers. We think that cancer forms in stages over many years (about 10-15). The cells get progressively abnormal before they become cancerous and this is the opportunity that the pap smear gives us. Remove/kill the abnormal cells before cancer develops. ...Read more

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I'm 22 and I have to go for my first pap smear! what should I expect?

I'm 22 and I have to go for my first pap smear! what should I expect?

Easy exam: The doctor will talk to you first. Then the examination will consist of checking your thyroid in your neck, your heart, lungs, brady (by feeling), abdomen and then the pelvic exam. That consist of examining the skin around your genitals then applying a small speculum ( the size of a tampon-or smaller if needed) into the vagina to see the cervix and brush it to do pap. ...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