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Can you detect anal or colon cancer via a pap smear?
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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: No.
A pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer.
It does not detect anal or colon cancer. People 50 years and older should get a colonoscopy to screen for colonrectal/anal cancer.

In brief: No.
A pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer.
It does not detect anal or colon cancer. People 50 years and older should get a colonoscopy to screen for colonrectal/anal cancer.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: No
Pap smears are specific to detecting disease of the cervix and rarely the inside of the uterus.
To detect anal cancers, a regular checkup with rectal exams is recommended. If there are risk factors for anal cancers, there are anal pap smears that should be performed. Colon cancer screening begins with either colonoscopy or virtual colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, barium enema, and/or fobt.

In brief: No
Pap smears are specific to detecting disease of the cervix and rarely the inside of the uterus.
To detect anal cancers, a regular checkup with rectal exams is recommended. If there are risk factors for anal cancers, there are anal pap smears that should be performed. Colon cancer screening begins with either colonoscopy or virtual colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, barium enema, and/or fobt.
Dr. David Finke
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