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Does a pap smear check for all types of vaginal cancer or just the cervical type?
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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
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In brief: Cervical
A pap test looks for cervical cancer only.

In brief: Cervical
A pap test looks for cervical cancer only.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Dr. Maritza Baez
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In brief: Usually, yes
A cervical cytology (pap smear) is scraped along the cervix usually, but can also be scraped along the vaginal wall.
Squamous lesions (dysplasia or carcinoma) are the most commonly found. However, endometrial tumors are shed through the cervix into the vagina. Certain sarcomas (rhabdomyosarcoma: malignant skeletal muscle tumor) can also be found. Generally, a pap is an excellent screening tool.

In brief: Usually, yes
A cervical cytology (pap smear) is scraped along the cervix usually, but can also be scraped along the vaginal wall.
Squamous lesions (dysplasia or carcinoma) are the most commonly found. However, endometrial tumors are shed through the cervix into the vagina. Certain sarcomas (rhabdomyosarcoma: malignant skeletal muscle tumor) can also be found. Generally, a pap is an excellent screening tool.
Dr. Lester Thompson
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